Ron Fisher, of American University, explains that our ultimate goal should be a culture of peace, in which people -- and especially decision makers -- look to cooperative nonviolent methods for dealing with their differences,
and eschew violence except when attacked.
Terrence Lyons suggests that in post-conflict settings, there are risks associated both with premature elections and with waiting too long to hold elections.
Terrence Lyons talks about the tension between maintaining stability and addressing past injustice in post-conflict reconstruction.
Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.
The absence of risk is a sure sign of mediocrity.
- Charles de Foucauld
It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence...and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
- Marcus Aurelius
To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
Violence just hurts those who are already hurt...Instead of exposing the brutality of the oppressor, it justifies it.
- Cesar Chavez
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
- Jane Addams
If there's this many hungry people there's really something wrong.
- Andy Warhol
War stirs in men's hearts the mud of their worst instincts. It puts a premium on violence, nourishes hatred, and gives free rein to cupidity. It crushes the weak, exalts the unworthy, and bolsters tyranny.
- Charles DeGaulle
We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children.
- David Bower
If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
- Moshe Dayan
If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed for.
- Chinese Proverb
There is no conflict that cannot be resolved. Violent conflict is created and sustained by human beings, and it can be ended by human beings.
- George Mitchell
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.