I will admit, I’d been inclined to see Barack Obama as something of a naif in dealing with the bad guys of the world. But it took some chutzpah today for him to deliver a quite pointed attack on pacifism while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo today. Actually sounded a bit like Churchill:
I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.
Of course, he had to say something of the sort, given that he’s been escalating the war in Afghanistan.