A few years back, I had a discussion with a Mennonite gentleman who briefly spoke of his faith and adherence to unconditional pacifism. I didn’t have time to ask all my questions–he departed our flight during a connection–but it got me wondering how pacifism in the face of state-generated repression, violence and genocide.
I realize there are gradations of pacifism–that is, each person has his/her own tipping point at which non-pacifism becomes a consideration–but, typically speaking, how do Western pacifists of today propose dealing with brutal, murderous dictators? Is it prevalent among them to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to even the most egregious repression and barbarism?
How did pacifists of the WW II era suggest dealing with Hitler?