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Surfeit of minstrels

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July–August 2008, no. 303

Pacifism and English Literature: Minstrels of peace by R.S. White

Palgrave Macmillan, £50 hb, 299 pp

Surfeit of minstrels

by
July–August 2008, no. 303

It is tempting to become impatient, and to reach for a gun to resolve a problem, or a knife to cut a Gordian knot. As I write, the Burmese generals have been dithering and obfuscating rather than letting aid workers into their storm-ravaged country. The paranoid preservation of their honour and control bids fair to cause the death of tens of thousands of people. If the Burmese people cannot rise up to change this (and as poor, pacifist Buddhists, they are peculiarly ill equipped to overwhelm a shameless and violent régime), then we should surely invade, distribute the emergency aid, and replace the generals with responsible government. Some people only respond to violence, and surely justice demands this intervention.

Robert Phiddian reviews 'Pacifism and English Literature: Minstrels of peace' by R.S. White

Pacifism and English Literature: Minstrels of peace

by R.S. White

Palgrave Macmillan, £50 hb, 299 pp

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