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Should We Protest Injustice Even If We’re Powerless to Prevent It?

Elie Wiesel, and other Holocaust survivors, could never understand why the Allies did not take action to stop the “Final Solution” from happening. He, and they, wondered: Did no one know? Did no one do anything because everyone felt powerless to stop the fear and madness?

Would protests have stopped, or curtailed, the actions of madmen in carrying-out the "Final Solution?" Even if people were without power to stop terrorists—or deter governments run amok—should they have protested? 

In his 1986 Nobel Lecture, Wiesel raises and answers the point directly:

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Do you agree, or disagree, with Wiesel’s statement about protest? Explain your answer.

Do you see any parallels in today’s world with the point Wiesel was making in 1986? Explain your answer.


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