Friday, July 08, 2005

violence and responsibility 

A thought from Quaker experience

Conscientious objection is not a total repudiation of force; it is a refusal to surrender moral responsibility for one's action. (Quaker Faith and Practice 24.25)

I hold the killers in the present London outrage morally responsible for their actions, without mitigation or excuses. Nothing else justifies this

I hold myself responsible to take on matters done in my name such as the assaults on Fallujah, without reservations or appeals to expediency. To each event its own and no surrenders of responsibility.

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