Youth and Adults Winning War by Preventing War
09 May 2012
"New weapons have made the risk of war a suicidal hazard.
Modern war visits destruction on the victor and the vanquished alike.
Our only complete assurance of surviving...is to halt it before it starts."
~ General Omar Bradley
Memorial Day, 1948
"And they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more. "
~ Isaiah 2:4
"When you get to know 'them,' you come to realize that
war is really stupid because the other folks are
just like us in every way that matters."
~ Deb Reich
"From a distance
We are instruments
Marching in a common band."
~ "From a Distance" by Julie Gold
We win wars by preventing wars.
First, we engage face-to-face at the heart for:
1. humanizing each other, then
2. solving problems, while
3. dignifying everyone, excluding no one.
More evidence shows how to solve problems together and live beyond war.
Successful models demonstrate that war is prevented or stopped not by governments alone, but in parallel with citizens modeling creative solutions.
MODELS FROM AROUND EARTH TO END WAR
Model #1 -- FROM SEASONED FACILITATORS (Global)
How to export principles of the peace process
The Irish Times - Saturday, 05 May 2012
"Ireland's story is one of the impossible made possible. I hope it is one that will inspire those striving for peace beyond this island."
~ Eamon Gilmore
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Model #2 -- FROM CHILDREN (USA)
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements
8-1/2 min video -- Charlottesville, Virginia public school children
One of the things I learned is that other people matter. In this game one person cant win, everyone has to win. That taught me a lot about cooperating with other people, being generous, and having an attitude that, if you work together, you can achieve anything.
~Fourth grade student
Charlottesville, Virginia USA
Model #3 -- FROM YOUNG ADULTS (Africa)
Young Nigerians illustrate life beyond war
Insight On Conflict -- May 3, 2012
"How can we have peace if we don't have relationships?"
~ Ikenna Ezeibe
Model #4 - FROM BEREAVED FAMILIES (Israel-Palestine)
We are one -- a single humankind, neighbors forever.
We share Earth -- it has one side.
We share stories -- part of one story.
We share blood -- we are blood relations.
Palestinians & Israelis giving blood together -- creating common story
8 min video
Model #5 - FROM ANIMALS: VERY DIFFERENT, YET ONE (Nature)
An Unlikely Pair
2 min video
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm