Comments: Conflict Transformation in an Age of Terrorism

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gauvreau , Ottawa On   02/21/03
September 11th was a sad day for the world. We know where retaliation will get the world and I'm sure that's not where we want to go. As an insightful person once said: 'An eye for an eye and soon we'll all be blind'.

Marcy  , Ra'anana Is     02/20/03
My views
Dear Sir, I just read your article in the newsletter, and would like to share my views. You mention looking at causes, not symptoms, and you seem to come to the conclusion that causes of Islamic terrorism lie, in fact, with the victims. The fact is that there are real philosophical differences, and the current fanatism in the Moslem world against Western democracies and ideals are not caused by a lack of money nor will any transformation occur by buying informers or traitors to the cause of the terrorists. If you think that pouring money into Afghanistan, Pakistan, or anywhere else in the world will end the hatred and terrorism against the U.S. and her allies, I believe you are sorely mistaken. (But if you really do believe this, then why the US? Why not Saudi Arabia? Why doesn't Bin Laden use his millions to feed and educate poor Moslems rather than finance complex, very expensive missions to kill?) If, as you suggest, that Moslems have legitimate grievances that should be given a chance to be heard, then the onus is on those people to seek an appropriate forum for doing so. As soon as any group decides to use terrorism as a tool for conflict resolution, then it surely forfeits any rights to conflict transformation by negotiation/mediation and should expect retaliation. Regarding the current situation with Iraq, it was not poverty that led Saddam to wage war with Iran. It was not povery that led Saddam to invade Kuwait. It is not poverty that led Saddam to use chemical weapons against his own people and neighbors. And it is not poverty that leads Saddam to oppression of minorities in his country. He is a ruthless, pathological murderer. This surely precludes the possibility of mediating disputes between the US an Iraq. As with Hitler (no matter how complex the political and economic situation was leading up to the Holocaust and World War II), sometimes, very sadly, there is no alternative to war. Sincerely, Marcy Shain Messa Ra'anana, Israel

Monte Corwin, Waterloo ON     02/16/03
Well, of course! It's all so blatantly obvious...! 10-4 Ron! Thank you for another insightful posting. Now let's pray for some powerful transformations -- before it IS too late!

Matthias    01/07/03
I agree absolutely with the reasoning in this article. Rather than managing the conflict, the US seems to find itself involved in a conflict escalation circle. Matthias Trenel, Germany

boris  pundick, sarasota fl     12/25/02
Iraq conflict
Why with all we know about effective conflict mediation,our U.S.govt does not implement mediation resolution? I have mediated for sarasota cty for 16yrs and know it works.Please elaborate..BP