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I reread German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works, and pored over his thoughts about nonviolence and pacifism when confronted with an unjust state. The Nazis changed his mind on that score. In one of history’s most famous transformations, Bonhoeffer became a vocal, anti-Nazi dissident and ultimately was arrested, imprisoned and executed by hanging.
I’m no Bonhoeffer, but I’m a realist when it comes to necessary war. Our attack on Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban and root out Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda seemed necessary to me.