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Gandhi asked for warriors willing to die for a cause but not willing to kill for a cause. Killing oneself for peace does seem to be a contradiction. 


Many people see suicide as an act of surrender but I am not so sure. I have known suicides that were acts of power, at least they were if you believed the reasoning found in the note. 


Are the monks dying in defeat or victory? I don’t have an answer. The only answer I have is to say as loudly and as gently as I can ‘let us find another way to solve this problem’. Violence will only create more violence.

 Why Are Tibetan Monks Setting Themselves on Fire? – Lois Farrow Parshley – International – The Atlantic

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