Another excerpt from The Soviet Union and Lincoln County USA . I have been within two weeks of publication for about four months.
When Luke and I got home, there was a piece of firewood leaning against the front storm door as a calling card. Later the man drove by our house, turned around, and stopped his car out front. I was afraid he was going to come in the house. I loaded my shotgun and leaned it against the inside wall as I walked out on the porch. I stood and looked at the car until it finally left. If the man had come on the porch, I intended to shoot him. He was not going to hurt Luke or hurt me in front of Luke again. Luckily for us all, he didn’t get out of the car. The next morning he called and apologized and told me I had almost bit his finger off. I am a pacifist in theory only.
Our government over the years has been a poor example to Lincoln County of nonviolent behavior. If I pause to list the wars, invasions, government overthrows, and assassinations the United States has been a part of in my lifetime, it goes like this: Second World War, Korean War, Greece invaded in 1947,the invasion of Lebanon (twice), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Dominican Republic, Granada, Panama, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, a proxy invasion of Cuba, a proxy war inside Nicaragua, missile attacks on the Sudan and Pakistan, the bombing of Libya, Bosnia, Serbia, and Cambodia. Add to those our complicity in the overthrow of the governments of Iran, Guatemala, Chile (assassination of Allende), the Congo (assassination of Lumumba), and South Vietnam (assassination of Diem) and covert support of one side or the other in numerous conflicts in Africa and Latin America. Lincoln County does not have a lock on violence.