Letter to the Editor

Your View

Monday, November 26, 2001

Frequently sage advice, words of wisdom, procedures, etc., as outlined below and from anonymous authors float into our computer. Request you publish same. Thanks.

Peace activist

With all of this talk of impending war, many of us will encounter "Peace Activists" who will try to convince us that we must refrain from retaliating against the ones who terrorized us on Sept. 11, 2001. These activities may be alone, but more frequently in a peace gathering .... Most of us don't know how to react to them.

Now when you come upon one of these people, or one of their in-your-face rallies, here are the proper of etiquette:

1. Listen politely while this person explains their views. Strike up a conversation if necessary and look very interested in their ideas. They will tell you how revenge is immoral, and that by attacking the people who did this to us, we will only bring on more violence. They will probably use many arguments, ranging from political to religious to humanitarian.

2. In the middle of their remarks, without any warning, punch them in the nose.

3. When the person gets up off the ground, they may be very angry and they may try to hit you, so be careful.

4. Very quickly and calmly remind the person(s) that violence only brings about more violence and remind them of their stand on this matter. Tell them if they are really committed to a non-violent approach to undeserved attacks, they will turn the other cheek and negotiate a solution. Tell them they must lead by example if they really believe what they are saying.

5. Most of them will think for a moment and then agree that you are correct.

6. As soon as they do that, hit them again. Only this time hit them much harder, square on the nose.

7. Repeat steps 2-6 until the desired results are obtained and the "mentally challenged" person realizes how stupid their argument is.

There is no difference in an individual attacking an unsuspecting victim or a group of terrorists attacking a nation of unsuspecting people. It is unacceptable and must be forcefully dealt with and perhaps with the cost.

We owe our military a huge debt for what they are about to do for us and our children. We must support them and our leaders in times like these. We have no choice! We either strike back, VERY HARD, or we will keep getting hit in the nose.


William H. Bartels

Marilyn R. Bartels