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What's the solution to the pacifism problem?

I just ranted about my confusion over Tibet, but I thought the central theme from the end deserved its own post.

I love this Boy on a Stick and Slither strip about pacifism. Go take a look and come back. I'll wait.

Okay, so what's the solution to the problem posed in that comic? What if you were Boy on a Stick, and you wanted to get to Peaceland without getting shot down? What do you do? Do you get a balloon made of Kevlar? They'll just use armor-piercing rounds. Do you flood the skies with millions of balloons so at least some of them will make it to Peaceland? is that enough? Do you try to have a chat with the shotgun-wielder and convince them not to shoot you down? Or perhaps you might even just keep trying over and over again (and be sure to pack a parachute)?

Can pacifism truly win over violence in the long term? As I mentioned in my last post, the country that Gandhi helped free through non-violent protest now has nuclear weapons in its arsenal. Will violence always be the last word?

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