So, why do so many have this insane notion that talking will stop evil people from doing what comes natural to them?
Part of the problem is just that. Insanity.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Â – Albert Einstein
Too many believe that a nice friendly chat over coffee will solve everyone’s problems. And, if you don’t get the result that you want? Well, you just weren’t friendly enough, and you just haven’t chatted long enough.
(I smell a conspiracy by the Nescafe people.)
World War IIÂ was a classic example of too much talking, and the same is true for almost any other war that you can name. Why?
Because no one with evil intent will ever be dissuaded by words. They canÂ ONLY be dissuadedÂ by real threats.
Why do you think that Libya’s Qaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons project during the Bush administration? Because heÂ KNEW that Bush would attack him if he didn’t.Â But, when Clinton, known for friendly talk, was in the White House,Â Qaddafi knew that he was safe.
That’s why there tend to be fewer wars duringÂ Republican administrations.Â Â
When the North Koreans were refusing to negotiate in good faith, Truman couldn’t get them to budge. So, when Eisenhower became President, why was he successful in obtaining an agreement with them?
Because they believed him when he threatened to destroy them.
And, let’s not forget Reagan and the fall of the USSR. (Or, Margret Thatcher, the Iron Lady.)
What’s the lesson? WhenÂ confronting evil, go ahead and talk.Â But…
Â Â …bring a gun.