Originally Posted by Micha
I'm not old enough to have experienced the cold war. But yes, I would have fought against communism in defense of democracy. I do not hate fascism. Hatred makes you blind and is not a particularly good way to relate to a possible threat.
If I tolerate Communism? I am a member of a conservative party and communism as such should be my natural enemy. But I do not see it this way. I fortunately live in a democratic society which is strong enough to hold many views. I tolerate and respect your right to be a Fascist / a Nazi / a Communist, or a religious fundamentalist, whether you are Christian, Jew or Muslim. But you should also be aware that I will fight them all with words, every time they are trying to advocate for their beliefs. And if some of you are trying, with violent means to overthrow democracy, I will fight you with weapons in hand. My attitude to totalitarian ideologies, whether political, religious or both, is that they are a contempt for life and is an escape from all the complex problems inherent in democracy and freedom. Fascism enslaves the population whereas in a democracy are we free to create our own society.
just to say- please ignore my previous post relating to the matter (joke)
Very good points stressed and agreed!