"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that ‘violence never solves anything,’ I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms."
Reblogged from lord-of-the-near-and-the-nigh
Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlen
You’re confusing efficiency with solution. There’s no doubt that violence is very effective. It’s a cheap and fast way of making things happen. And that’s the problem. It’s just not very good at creating long-term positive outcomes, it’s directly antipathetic to thoughtfulness and often creates messes that take decades or sometimes centuries to clean up. In other words, it doesn’t actually solve anything.
I’m going to do you a favour and assume you don’t need examples - just pick a country at random.