Read this tale of heroism, slaughter, and consequences inside WW2 Czechoslovakia from this entry from The Belmont Club.
Operation Anthropoid - Part I
Operation Anthropoid - Part II
In light of recent articles by folks who should know better, Fernandez's closing words ring especially sharply:
...No one wants to get in the playpen with bad guys.
Almost anything but that.
We remember the Anthropoids today only because the Soviet Army and the Western Allies of the time were willing to generate more violence against the Third Reich than it could generate against them. If Hitler had won the war, Benes would have been the goat.
Well, give it time and he will be the goat still. Dennis Kucinich’s proposed new Department of Peace and Nonviolence will convince us all that resistance, if not futile, opens all of us up to reprisal.
That’s called the Cycle of Violence.
I prefer Jeff Cooper's maxim:
“One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.”
Alea iacta est.