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Why Peace Paperback – January 1, 2012
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It's a view-from-every perspective of what war is, what it's not, why people want it, why it never seems to do what we thought it would do, and it's probably got enough information, complete with bibliographies and citations, to qualify as a for-credit class.
there are so many viewpoints, from folks who were working in countries that were at war (for NGOs, for example), to those who emigrated to the US to get away from repressive regimes in North Korea and Cuba, to those who had to try to win "minds and hearts" in Afghanistan. A South African talks about living under apartheid. There are many articles by ex-military; some had very senior positions. And there are articles trying to get at the heart of the sinister military-industrial-congressional connection that pushes constantly at our government to keep the arms sales going.
We've been taught a lot of things about war. Some are spin, some are jingoistic efforts to substitute patriotism for thinking, some are catchphrases, "war is hell," "the first casualty of war is the truth," etc., but frankly, I was somewhat unprepared for this book.
I now have a stack of papers sitting by the book, full of quotations from its various authors, because every new section contains some serious, thought-provoking questions, and sometimes news that we've never heard before.
We remember Vietnam, but only a few are aware of what happened in the Plain of Jars, a bombing by the US kept secret from the public for over 5 years and continued for 9.
It is a disturbing book.Read more ›
The one drawback I found to this book is that I loaned it to a pastor and never got it back. I'll order another copy for myself!
But there is also an overlying hope in Why Peace, a hope that is borne in the compassion and hearts of those working for justice, and those simply living (surviving) in horrendous situations but retaining their humanity, continuing to reach beyond their own suffering to help others. Why Peace offers a glimpse into the policies and practices that foster violence and shape our acceptance of what, with a true awareness, we could only condemn. A timely book, as we once again hear the distant drumming of the warmongers. This book can only help but bring us closer to answering the title's question, an answer that simply must be - to preserve humanity.
Thank you, Marc, for this book and for all you do to bringing us closer to Peace.
(Full disclosure: I know personally one of the contributors; I worked with Blase Bonpane and his organization, The Office of the Americas in Santa Monica, California, for several years, and spent 6 weeks with Blase on the International March for Peace in Central America over the winter of 1985-86.)
I found the book's most interesting and significant level simply to be the moving personal histories of many of the activists --- usually working in distant countries ruled by dictators -- along with the historical information that they also provide which I was unaware of. Guttman's introduction is itself an eloquent and inspiring personal appeal to peace and justice.
The next interesting level was the libertarian slant barely below the surface of many of the essays; some by activists, some by academics and politicians. All promote peace as being the natural outcome of libertarianism, which, in theory at least, results in imminently desirable economic progress for everyone. Whatever one's view of libertarianism might be, the essays are useful examples of libertarian prose and reasoning.
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Why Peace is an excellent, informative, entertaining read. Mark Guttman provides historical anecdotes that are educational, serious, inspiring, and humorous. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by hendi