Sigh... I'm just trying to see if I can still post via e-mail.
Probably not... unless you can read this!
Ceterum censeo Mesopotamiam antiquam muniendam esse.
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing
evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but
you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence
you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence
merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence
multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid
of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies
hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction... The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or we
shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.