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In Today's Guardian, Peter Wilby, the former editor of the new Stateman, sets out the Pacifists' case against WWII in Europe

It is important for pacifists to denigrate WWII because it is viewed in the public mind as a "good" war, one that was entirely justified, both at the time and since. So, if there can be one "good" war, the pacifist position is seriously undermined.

Therefore they must destroy the idea of a "good" war.

As to the correctness of the case, I find it hard to believe. The idea that nazism was merely a competitive imperialism and resisting it was hypocritical is ridiculous; that is the case against WWI, not II.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 28th, 2008 at 11:51:16 AM EST

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