Democrats and dictators
- By Leonidas Donskis
George Orwell once offered an insight into the source of double standards applied to violence when it comes to European pacifists. When confronted with facts of violence at home, they take a stand immediately, leaving no room for doubt and ambiguity. Yet they choose to keep a blind eye, if not their eyes wide shut, on violence practiced not in the Western world, or at least not in democracies.Why? Orwell dropped a hint which can be most telling not only when dealing with violence, but with dictatorships as well. Pacifists and all fighters for peace fiercely oppose violence at home, ...
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