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The War Against Terrorism: The Quest for Justice and Peace

Show simple item record Clements, Kevin P 2017-05-16T17:40:54Z 2017-05-16T17:40:54Z 2002-12
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G80P5D
dc.description Lynch Lecture 2002 en_US
dc.description.abstract “If I have a text for tonight it comes from that American exponent of nonviolence, Martin Luther King Jr. It was he who said: ‘Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.’ The challenge facing all of us tonight is to determine what sort of chisel the ‘war against terrorism’ is in relation to carving stable peaceful relationships, respect for the international rule of law, and economic, social, and political justice. What problems is this war against terrorism aimed at solving, and are there any viable alternatives? The appalling terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, were a salutary reminder that there are no absolutely secure states and that the pursuit of such security is an illusion. They also highlighted that individuals and groups who do not have their needs and interests acknowledged, or worse, individuals and groups who feel marginalized, demonized, and dehumanized, will resort to any means to secure recognition, reduce uncertainty, and try and gain a measure of control over their own lives. These acts of terror have now expanded the possible boundaries for those committed to violence. The unthinkable was thought, the undoable was done, and the most powerful nation on earth was reminded of its own vulnerabilities.Six months on, I extend my deepest sympathy to all those who continue to grieve and experience deep anger at the loss of loved ones. There was and is no excuse for the killing of innocent civilians in the United States or anywhere else in the world.”
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Occasional Papers;17
dc.title The War Against Terrorism: The Quest for Justice and Peace en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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