The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
Yes, politics IS war without bloodshed; and war is an extension of those politics.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
It is heroic to prepare for war with a tyrant power. Patriots will always win the admiration of mankind for daring to meet the bloodshed of battle for their country’s liberty. But the patriot who is willing to go to that sacrifice will be the first to condemn the aimless and secret shedding of blood in time of peace.