ABRAHAM Lincoln was once talking with a woman during the American Civil War about all men being brothers.
She disagreed with him, and said that she felt that Lincoln should destroy his enemies.
Lincoln replied: “What, madam? Do I not destroy them when I make them my friends?’’
Lincoln was not just morally right. He was exhibiting good science and good sense.
He perhaps knew instinctively that non violence is more effective in bringing about lasting social change .
One study found that non-violent resistance is actually about twice as effective as violence.
Maria Stephan and Erica Chenoweth analyzed 323 resistance campaigns from 1900 to 2006 and found that major nonviolent campaigns had achieved success 53 percent of the time, compared with 26 percent for violent resistance campaigns.
The study sheds light on why terrorism has been largely unsuccessful.