33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
The way to peace,
This review is from: Peace Is the Way: Bringing War and Violence to an End (Hardcover)
Chopra writes, "Do we live in a country that stands for peace? Millions of Americans fervently believe they do, and ugly facts will not change their minds. They turn their backs on the damage America creates, almost thoughtlessly, around the world. American corporations who do not want to tolerate being regulated at home move overseas where they can pile asbestos in huge mounds that Asian children play on, sell potent pharmaceuticals over the counter in Thailand without the need of prescriptions, create a lethal gas leak in Bhopal, India, and generally damage the ecology in any way they choose. Being an American means all of those things. It's just as American to be the largest supplier of arms in the world and send your troops into battle to be killed by these same arms. It's American to promote free markets whatever the cost, as one native culture after another is despoiled and corrupted by the dollar."
Here are some questions I'm still chewing on.
1. Is war ever an appropriate response? (I'm thinking of US involvement in WWII)
2. Should violence be used to stop an atrocity? (I'm thinking of Rwanda 1994)
3. Can peace be achieved through forcefully countering evil and evil intentions? (I'm thinking of police action against crime)
4. Should America pass laws regarding US corporations' activities in foreign countries, or should those individual countries pass and enforce laws restricting those activities?
5. Are there times when 'reacting out of fear' is appropriate? That is, are there some things we should be afraid of?
6. If the best reaction is one of love, is there ever a time when justice is love?
7. On an international level, are love and war always incompatible?
8. If Iraqis were being killed by their own government what would have been the best solution for addressing this?
9. Regarding the terrorist cells who directed the 9/11 attack, how should they have been dealt with?
10. If God exists, what is His view of violence for self-defense?
I wish Chopra had addressed these in more detail.