Peace is Not Always Cowardly, Nor is War Always Courageous – Thucydides
“War is a stern teacher. So revolutions broke out in city after city…What used to be described as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward; any attempt at moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly character.” ~ Thucydides, History of the Pelopponesian War.
Metal-Gaia is not a pacifist blog. There is a time for war and there is a time for peace. However, warmongering does not make a leader courageous, nor does peace keeping make a leader cowardly. More and more political leaders are jumping to war in what should be called thoughtless acts of aggression, but instead they pat each other on the back and call one another patriots.
Sometimes the greatest courage of all can be saying no to such violence even when everyone else stands against you.