Title: “Power Comes From the Barrel of a Gun” – took the opposing view
?Cause without it, I don?t get it,
Power. A word from which many meanings derive. To each
do we achieve? To say that power lies in the barrel of a gun is to say
belief in themselves who could make such a statement.
something he will die for, he isn?t fit to live.” A leader in the Black
when Blacks had no rights and most of them accepted this as the way it
bus and refusing to give up her seat to a white woman, King led a
committee that organized a boycott of buses. The results were that on
April 23, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that “segregation in public
12 other states must remove the “whites only” signs that hung in the
front of the buses. This was just the beginning, he vowed to continue
Washington to “discuss racial problems
non-violent resistance stronger than it had ever been before. He
one way to make it come true, to wake up and to take action. He was a
but he did not let that stop him. He was arrested, thrown in jail,
stabbed, stoned, he even had his home bombed. Through it all, he refused
to give up, he had found a cause worth dying for and he did. He was
to stop him and his fight. In the end, they may have succeeded in
back, people say that Martin Luther King Jr. was a very powerful man. I
have never heard anyone say his attackers or his murderers had.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi
form, he felt there existed better methods of accomplishing things, and
he proved to be successful. he made up his won technique for social
action that he called satyagraha, “non-violent resistance to injustice
and wrong.” Gandhi?s actions were guided by his philosophy that the way
a person behaves is more important than what he achieves. It was these
tactics that he used in his fight for India?s independence.
living there. What was supposed to be a trip, ended up being a 21 year
He launched a newspaper entitles, “Indian Opinion” that was published
weekly. He returned to India and soon after became the leader of the
Indian Nationalistic Movement. He led a satyagraha campaign, but the
moment riots broke out, he canceled it. It was defeating its own purpose
if violence was involved. Gandhi brought about many economic and social
reforms; he led campaigns, strikes, demonstrations, and achieved many
great things. The people of India will always be grateful to him, for he
played the major role in acquiring freedom for their country, which
Great Britain finally granted in the year 1947. Although he may not have
been large in build, his strengths when it came to the issue he believed
fight for and he did, never suing violence, even if it could have worked
to his advantage. He was a man much like Martin Luther King Jr., both
achieving civil rights for their people and attempting to abolish
discrimination. Unfortunately, Gandhi too, suffered from his opposition.
he too was arrested on several occasion and was the victim of murder.
The day he dies was one marked with grief, but not a weakness on his
murderers achieved it. Reflecting on his life, one could describe it as
a series of historical events.
Gandhi defined a satyagraha as one with the persistent hope,
“who followed a vision of truth and tried to deploy the strength of
truth and love in daily life. I believe that that is an accurate
description of is own character.
“In the name of our party?s movement, The Syrian Muslim Party of
spilled starting on Saturday the 13 of March 1994, according to Muslim
month (1/Shawal 1414). May the almighty witness our deed.”
was assigned to keep the Jewish community?s activities under constant
surveillance. Emigration of the Jews was forbidden. When Jews who still
tried to escape illegally were caught, they were thrown in jail without
a trial or charge. Jews were not permitted to be a candidate in an
for medical treatment or to visit relatives In order to assure their
large sums of money. There were restrictions on the numbers of Jews
were ordered to accept a vast number of Palestinian students. The Jews
mail from outside Syria was censored and telephone calls were monitored.
The Jews outside Syria found out what was going on and decided
to take the matter into their own hands. Everyone went about it in their
own individual way. Michael Schelew, national chairman of the Syrian
Jewry Committee of B?nai Brith Canada?s Institute for International
Institute for International Affairs, wrote an article for the
Leader-Post, a newspaper printed in Regina. The article was entitle,
“The abuse of Jews a fact of life in Syria” and it exposed the truth
about what was really going on there. NAHON, an organization that
focuses mainly on social action and is made up exclusively of students,
distributed this article as well as many others at one of their
conventions, to promote awareness among students in Montreal. When
letter expressing their concern over this issue to President Clinton,
urging him to “press Syria to honor its commitment to allow the Hews the
international petition, requesting that “the Syrian government fulfill
its promise and allow free emigration of Jews from the country”
immediately. Everyone had their own way of helping, each individual and
Jews in Syria are now to free to leave the country as they wish.
us to make the difference because the power remains with the people, not
the gun. it is easy to walk blindly past the truth, to close our eyes
and deny what is going on. It is easy to blame others and to say that
unless we kill, there is nothing we can do. The ones who make use of
their power are the heroes, the ones who are remembered. Do not follow
the path set out for you, do as the people mentioned in this paper have.
Pave you own, and leave a trail. Power does not lie within the barrel of
a gun, it lies within you.