A Foreign Policy of Holding Innocent People Hostage

“Show of force” type practices by people calling themselves “government” toward other people calling themselves “government” that necessarily threaten innocent third parties is a form of hostage holding.

When American people calling themselves “government” threatened to drop atomic bombs on Japan for the actions of Japanese people calling themselves “government,” they held innocent third party Japanese people hostage. This action differed only in scale and not in kind to a local bad guy holding an innocent person hostage. The bombs were eventually dropped, too, if you remember.

“If you do what we don’t like, we’ll kill innocent people in our misguided attempt to stop you” is what “show of force” type practices amount to.

Didn’t that happen in Waco, Texas, which ultimately had some people murdering many other innocent third parties? Where’s the outrage, the criminal charges, the lifetime sentences to prison and/or executions for such a horrific act?

Why have we been hoodwinked to accept murder and mayhem by those calling themselves “government” instead of viewing these acts as the evil that they are?

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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents” and “Items of Note.” Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on the official Everything-Voluntary.com podcast.

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H. Rearden
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I don’t disagree with what you wrote but I want to point out something that perhaps you may not be aware of. That is that during the late 19th century and the 20th century prior to 1945 the empire of Japan invaded and murdered and conquered people in other lands for no other reason that economic conquest. Japanese soldiers invaded Nanking in China and raped and murdered hundreds of women in Nanking. I don’t doubt that the empire of Japan could have been defeated without atomic weapons and that the the use of non-nuclear weapons used against the empire of… Read more »
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