Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 3, No. 2. 1940
[Letter to Salient Vol. 3, No. 2. 1940 from Ewen Cardale]
Early as the session is, it has become clear that one of the burning questions will be pacifism. As there are many of us who are opposed to killing on Christian and other principles and yet are active supporters of democracy, there is some doubt as to the decision. To those I would point out that as war was declared by a government elected by the majority of the people, and in accordance with the wish of the majority, we, as democrats, should support their effort. The support should be more active because of the reasons for. The declaration of war. There are many ways in which those who feel they cannot take an active part in the conflict can
I have pointed out those facts because, in my opinion, many who call themselves pacifists seem to advocate anything from obstruction and defeatism to absolute treason. They preach not peace on earth, but, "England is committing an act of aggression against Germany" and "New Zealand should not support Britain". Such people are neither democrats nor pacifists and as such should not have the support of those who still cling to their ideals, and I think there are many of the latter at V.U.C.