i found this in an old column by col. jeff cooper, retired u.s. marine, and a favorite of mine for many years.
i find so much in the below quote that is true, & extremely timely, and so genuinely contrary to the view of the man who said it, that i am compelled to pass it along.
"i do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence i would advise violence."
it must be remembered that gandhi was not a pacifist by any means or stretch of the imagination: pacifism was a weapon, as any other, and its use dictated by tactical considerations. he believed, moreover, that passive resistance against the british empire was the best tactic available to win a political contest w/ the brits, and knew that india could not win a military conflict with the empire. so, he stopped wearing western suits, gave up his law practice (oh, yes, he was a very good lawyer, educated at english university and law school, and had a thriving law career, as well as a beginning political career, in south africa of all places before he went home), and started wearing loin clothes and going semi naked in public. it was a political point that he made by doing so, to the english, and, to the indians. as an added benefits, he did not have to wear ties to work from that point forward, ... , or, work, for that matter.
but, there it is.
when it is cowardice not to fight, it is time to fight. morally, there is no other choice.
from the pen of gandhi, via jeff cooper.
jeff cooper's commentaries, formerly gunsite gossip, thanksgiving 1994
vol. 2, no. 14 -- 10 november 1994