Men make history. Men judge what has happened in history. You are, presumably, a pacifist for a variety of well thought out reasons and justifications. Hopefully, those reasons and justifications are not time dependent. Hopefully, you do not believe that we today are somehow morally superior to men in the past because we live at a different date.
Incidentally, I think you have misread Thoreau. He was not a pacifist - witness his defense of John Brown. He just believed in conscience and the right to be left alone. He was not at all "above" violent defense of that right.
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