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Pardon the long, wondering post. It's been brewing (no pun intended) awhile. Not all points were made in your original post, so I'm not assuming anything about your positions.

While I support actions against those who attacked the US (mainly through covert operations in which terrorists wake up with their throats cut), I'll stand up for brewer12345 and say that I think pacifists play an important role in our society.

They act as the counter-balance to the hawks. If, in cases as you've pointed out, we can justify our actions, then force is warranted. If, however, pacifists can raise important issues to which we cannot provide clearcut answers, they have done their part to temper our anger or at least make us pause. Think of the very men who developed the atomic bomb but has serious reservations about using it.

On a side note, please note that I draw a distinct difference between pacifists and "anti-Americans". Pacifist activities unfortunately provide a legitimate venue for anti-American thought just as the current anger we feel is, unfortunately, providing a venue for anti-Arab/Muslim thought in America.

Along those lines, I don't consider the threat of rejecting one's citizenship to be an anti-American thought. If one truly believes the US to be wrong and rejects his/her citizenship, he/she is merely acting on the priniciples contained in the Declaration of Independence: namely, to start over when the government doesn't represent his/her interests as a citizen.

I may not agree with people such as brewer12345, but in a democracy, they play an important, critical role. As a nation we can sleep better at night knowing that we have listened to their objections and either dismissed them with rational thought or let them modify our behavior so we don't do something we'll later bemoan with comments of "why didn't we think about the consequences?"

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