Placing Social Distance (Us and Them) within Security Approach and Peace Approach
The Time for Art of War is Over, it is Time for Peace
India can blame its neighbors for acts of violence but can we as Indians state with a clear conscience that we asserted the rights of all our co-citizens, especially those who differed in their physical attributes from us or those whom we perceived to be of lower stature or those who we could never accept because of their historical desire to have more constitutional independence than us. Can we erase the scars that it has left on our collective consciousness through the years, since independence.
I. Governance For Peace
- To strengthen the attitudinal difference or mis-perception of the other to the extent, if necessary, dehumanize the enemy,
- To focus on the behavior of enemy, rarely dwell on questionable behavior of self and others whom one considers to be one’s own. Even when focusing on behavior of enemy, it is a tunneled vision that isn’t contextualized, effort is taken to ensure there isn’t an iota of scope to instill critical analysis in the minds of the public.
- Motivate individuals by playing on negative emotions towards the groups in conflict rather than initiate rational thinking.
- Ground strategies that are meant to win a conventional war can have different impact when dealing with conflict. For example, the divide and conquer strategy. When used in today’s setting can destroy a terror group, but it can also ensure splinters penetrate the society at large and make any positive change extremely difficult. Often to penetrate and divide the enemy, deceit is an important tool, and deceitful experience makes most people strengthen walls of separations. To do otherwise they need to be enlightened beings and terrorists in violent conflict are rarely enlightened beings.
• The Blitzkrieg strategy- To overwhelm resistance with speed and suddenness. Use speed to strike
II. Need for Peace
III. Ways to Peace
On this journey it may be useful to take the Art of War strategies and turn it upside down.
To illustrate, lets take one strategy and change it.
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