I generally agree with Bryan that pacifism and appeasement are greatly under-rated in everyday life and especially in international affairs.

While I’m not sure machismo is the fundamental argument against pacifism and appeasement, I’m sure it plays a large role. In honor cultures, you’re to do what your role demands, consequences be damned.

This scene from Gone With the Wind is one of my favorites, and I think it illustrates Bryan’s point nicely.