1. Pacifist demonstrations in the West have been overtly encouraged by the USSR and its allies, to the USSR's advantage. No pacifist demonstrations occurred in the Eastern bloc when the USSR deployed SS-20s. Pacifists should recognize the pernicious effects of pacifism in some circumstances, for example in the demobilization that occurred before the second world war. During the Cold War, Europe was under threat and the balance of power was no longer stable; confidence cannot be re-established simply by political will.
2. Moral isolation is simply not a defensible position for those opposed to war but faced with events like ethnic cleansing in Bosnia or the politically induced starvation in Somalia. Mass murder of innocents is unacceptable and calls for new forms of military intervention. The international community cannot allow large numbers of people to be slaughtered whilst peace groups sit around and discuss their moral dilemmas with regard to intervention.