Saturday, February 2, 2008

PEACE

The word ‘Peace’ – absence of war – originated in the ancient Rome. Though, PEACE, as a mere absence of war is termed as incomplete. Peace also means harmony, concord, calm, etc. The International Peace Day is on September 21.

The following are Peace Quotes described by some prominent individuals and some not so prominent but in general they do justice to want peace stands for :-

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
-----Martin Luther King

You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.
-----Mrs. Indira Gandhi

Be the change you want to see in the world.
-----Mahatma Gandhi

If we cannot agree, let us at any rate agree to differ, but let us part as friends.
-----Mohammad Ali Jinnah

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
-----A.J. Muste

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
-----Dwight D. Eisenhower

Aye, fight! But not your neighbour. Rather, fight all the things that cause you and your neighbour to fight.
-----Mikhail Naim

If you kill one person you are a murderer. If you kill ten people you are a monster. If you kill ten thousand you are a national hero.
-----Vassilis Epaminondou

Nuclear war is inevitable, says the pessimists; Nuclear war is impossible, says the optimists; Nuclear war is inevitable unless we make it impossible, says the realists.
-----Sydney J. Harris

While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself.
-----Doug Horton

We have guided missiles and misguided men.
-----Martin Luther King

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
-----John Wesley

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who are hungry and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
-----Dwight D. Eisenhower

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.
-----Ramona L. Anderson

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
-----Pablo Casals

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
-----Mahatma Gandhi

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
-----Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

In India when we meet and part we often say, ‘Namaste’, which means: I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honour the place in you of love, of light, of truth and of PEACE.
-----Ram Das


Like so many quotations and thoughts on peace by so many individuals, there are many topics on peace. Those topics can be as under:
Peace and Justice
Mahatma Gandhi has rightly described peace as ‘not only absence of violence, but also the presence of justice’. Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views.
Environmental Peace
Some environmentalists believe that protecting the environment is a form of peacemaking. As per this perspective, to destroy natural habitats can be perceived as violence.
Inner peace
One meaning of peace refers to inner peace. Peace of mind, body and soul. In order to be peaceful one has to see within oneself. John Dear has rightly quoted that, ‘the life of ‘peace’ is both an inner journey toward a disarmed heart and a public journey towards a disarmed world. With peace as the beginning, middle, and end of life, life makes sense’.

WEAPONS & WAR, TREATY & TERRORISM
Peace talk is ineffective even as countries world over keep ‘making and testing’ new Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). The main objectives of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) are:-
• to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons
• to promote peaceful uses of nuclear energy and
• to further achieve complete disarmament.

The NPT is open for signature since 1968 and 189 states have signed it. The treaty was proposed by Ireland and first signed by Finland. Five states recognized by the NPT as nuclear weapon states (NWS) and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are France, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States. Similarly, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was opened for signature at New York on 24 September 1996 but is not yet in force.
The Secretary-General, Department for Disarmament Affairs (DDA), declared that terrorism is a threat to all States and to all peoples and that the United Nations must be at the forefront in fighting against it. The basic elements of United Nations counter-terrorism strategy also known as the five D’s are:
• to dissuade unaffected groups from choosing terrorism
• to deny terrorists the means to carry out their attacks
• to deter States from supporting terrorists
• to develop State capacity to prevent terrorism and
• to defend human rights in the struggle against terrorism.
It is sad to note that the casualties of war belong to the same species – human beings. Benjamin Franklin observed, ‘there never was a good war or bad peace’.

MY OBSERVATION
In spite of so many organizations and individual peace visionaries, we are not successful in achieving worldwide peace. Let us hope that a day will come when we won’t have to give away the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded annually to peacemakers who have overcome violence, conflict or oppression through peaceful means.

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