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 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.




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

               Abuja, NIGERIA


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.

Blood Relations

Palestinians & Israelis giving blood together -- creating common story

8 min video




An Unlikely Pair

2 min video


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