The Peace Racket

Bruce Bawer

An anti-Western movement touts dictators, advocates appeasement—and gains momentum.


West meets East


If you want peace, prepare for war.” Thus counseled Roman general Flavius Vegetius Renatus over 1,600 years ago. Nine centuries before that, Sun Tzu offered essentially the same advice, and it’s to him that Vegetius’s line is attributed at the beginning of a film that I saw recently at Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center. Yet the film cites this ancient wisdom only to reject it. After serving up a perverse potted history of the cold war, the thrust of which is that the peace movement brought down the Berlin Wall, the movie ends with words that turn Vegetius’s insight on its head: “If you want peace, prepare for peace.”

This purports to be wise counsel, a motto for the millennium. In reality, it’s wishful thinking that doesn’t follow logically from the history of the cold war, or of any war. For the cold war’s real lesson is the same one that Sun Tzu and Vegetius taught: conflict happens; power matters. It’s better to be strong than to be weak; you’re safer if others know that you’re ready to stand up for yourself than if you’re proudly outspoken about your defenselessness or your unwillingness to fight. There’s nothing mysterious about this truth. Yet it’s denied not only by the Peace Center film but also by the fast-growing, troubling movement that the center symbolizes and promotes.

Call it the Peace Racket.

* A deep and far reaching analysis of far left infiltration in the institutions of higher learning, the media and modern day politics.


2 thoughts on “The Peace Racket”

  1. Good article, especially for those in here not familiar with “New Age” concepts. Some of the organisations & people mentioned in the article
    (eg “International Peace Research Institute” & Dennis Kucinich) also show
    up as endorsers of the “Earth Proclamation & Magna Carta of the Rainbow Warriors of the 21st Century ” (Flake Central?)

    “WE ,THE PEOPLE, in order to live a more perfect existence in this world of form in harmony with the natural laws of the Universe, are determined to heal and transform all institutions and social constructions that restrain mankind from living in perfect peace and love; or in harmony with all the divine qualities inherent in our god-natures.”

    Divine qualities? “god-natures”?


  2. You want true peace? Then go to your grave, because that is the only place in this world where you’ll find it. These utopians never realize that peace means different things to different people-and that’s exactly why utopia can never be achieved. When one’s idea of utopia collides with someone else’s idea of it bloodshed always results yet despite the deaths of millions due to the utopian notions of Nazism and Communism the delusional ones persist.
    Now Islamism is the utopian flavor of the day and what do these dreamers propose? That we all bow down to its god to achieve peace? No thanks- the sort of wonder world the Koran calls for is even worse than what Hitler and Marx wanted. But the crazy utopians will persist in their pursuit of their version of peace-even if it means millions upon millions must die to achieve it. This is something these peaceniks never have realized and they never will, much to the misfortune of the world.

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