posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 01:42 PM
Interesting, I'd be curious as to see what actual legislation would look like for this, where the limitations would be, and so forth. Something of
this nature could easily form the basis of a broad policy-shift away from preemptive war for the United States. Every American president since Ronald
Regan has conducted a major military offensive while in office. Now these were not all unjust wars and the majority should not be considered as such,
but the simple fact does still remain.
To most Americans I can understand how such an idea as a pacifist nation would seem alien or foolish, but a pacifist can still defend themselves, and
I for one would not advocate the disbandment of the United States Military at all, just a review of its use to equate with a less-confrontational
There are however times when I truly do believe the United States Military has been used in an interventional way with positive results for the good
of mankind, the American-lead war against Serbia, and the first Gulf War were good examples of this. I would be interested to see how any proposed
legislation for pacifism would still allow the United States to conduct such operations to defend those whom cannot defend themselves, and to maintain
the Pax Americana around the world.
Edit: I must remind the members of ATS simply of one fact: War involves two parties that both make a choice to fight, the pacifism I would advocate is
not one based on not choosing defense but actively choosing not to be an instigator of war. We, as a species must keep violence as an absolute
As such, acts of violence must be seen as failures of every other option. We have not reached that point yet in any capacity. As John Lennon said,
"War is over, if you want it."
[edit on 26-4-2010 by ProjectJimmy]