Monday, July 31, 2006

Cycle of Violence

There is no such thing as a cycle of violence. If there were, we would still be fighting Germany. Indeed, we would still be fighting Britain, Britain would still be fighting France, and Rome would still be fighting Carthage. Violence lasts until it is over.

It is not true that "violence breeds violence". Sometimes violence leads to more violence. Sometimes it leads to immediate surrender. Sometimes it takes a lot of violence to obtain a surrender. For a time the violence may make one or both sides angrier, but eventually they will wish, or be forced, to come to terms.

The only value in these phrases is that they let you know the person uttering them doesn't like the violence being discussed.


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