Innocence Is No Defense

To a certain kind of evil, innocence only sweetens the pleasure of the crimes.

Being unarmed, untrained, unprepared for any sort of defense, means that the camp doctor gets to sort you to the right and your wife and children to the left and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Being unarmed, untrained, unprepared for any sort of defense, means that 4 or 5 religious fanatics can turn the aircraft you are riding in into a fuel filled missile.

Being unarmed, untrained, unprepared for any sort of defense, means that you and everyone you should have responsibility for protecting are at the mercy of every amoral threat that might notice you.

I learned this lesson in Junior High.

Be a sheepdog. There is no honor in being a victim, or watching helplessly while others are victimized.

When the world is at peace, a gentleman keeps his sword by his side.
–Wu Tsu

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One thought on “Innocence Is No Defense

  1. Washington is said to have said that the best way to insure peace is to prepare for war. The original thought goes back to a Roman military writer, Vegetius: “If you want peace, prepare for war”. In Latin, it's “Si vis pacem, para bellum”. That last part, “para bellum” got itself attached to a 9mm Luger round (an example of the German's lighthearted sense of humor).

    I think the lesson here – and in your post – is that it takes two to make peace, but only one to make war. The pages of history are littered with the remains of nations overrun by their stronger neighbors.

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