Title: Beyond peace and war
Authors: Reychler, Luc # ×
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Hampton Press, Inc.
Series Title: Communication for Development and Social Change vol:1 issue:3 pages:1-21
Abstract: The peace policy of Israel and the USA-UK is a failure. It is riddled with paradoxes:
(1) anti –terrorism, also deemed ‘barbarism’, is significantly more violent than
terrorism, (2) a considerable mass of world public opinion consider these ‘terrorists’
as freedom fighters and heroes, and (3) enormous efforts have been undertaken to
rename and reframe the reality of the war. The narrow war on terrorism is clearly not
in the interests of the Americans, the Europeans, the Arab-Muslims and the Israelis,
as it has brought more human insecurity and prevented the democratization and
development process of the region. A plea, therefore, is made for a radically new
peace policy that looks at the larger picture of violence and involves a comprehensive
solution of the conflicts. The sources of friction which are preventing progress are:
the existence of senti-mental walls; gross inequalities of power, and the benefits of
conflict. Complex conflicts have an undeniable potential to lead to more destruction;
however, they can also generate great creativity and catalyze a peace building
process. The latter is more difficult than fighting; it requires painstaking and heroic
efforts of many.
ISSN: 1555-8711
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)
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