Obama's Nobel prize acceptance speech was unusual. Why? It was sufficiently thought-provoking to cause me to intently listen to the entire speech.
Here is a quote that I'd like to ruminate on: "A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies."
It interests me because this one sentence provides a major challenge to the ideal of pacifism. I have considered many times, prior to hearing this statement, the challenge Nazi Germany/the Holocaust presents to those (like myself) who feel an attraction to pacifism. However, this statement raises an important question: is it truly impossible for a movement that is commited to non-violence to halt the advance of evils comparable to Nazism?
Here's another quote that I greatly enjoyed: "But they remind us that no Holy War can ever be a just war. For if you truly believe that you are carrying out divine will, then there is no need for restraint -- no need to spare the pregnant mother, or the medic, or the Red Cross worker, or even a person of one's own faith. Such a warped view of religion is not just incompatible with the concept of peace, but I believe it's incompatible with the very purpose of faith -- for the one rule that lies at the heart of every major religion is that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us."