The classic objection which was so often thrown at Gandhi, is still a sound one. "Would you stand by, in your adherence to the ethic of nonviolence, and allow your wife, mother, or sister to be raped without lifting an arm to protect her?" The man who pushes the nonviolent attitude so far that he will not even help save the victim of such an attack, is a doctrinaire, the victim of his own misapplied fanaticism. Nature (God) can be very violent at times: it is not always peaceful.
-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 436