Pacific Essays: Terrorism, the Pacific Hemisphere, by Johan Galtung

By Johan Galtung

'I by no means come upon the writings of Dr. Johan Galtung with out recalling what the thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson stated of the real student, specifically, that "He is the world's eye. he's the world's heart." ' Daisaku Ikeda, President, Soka Gakkai overseas Johan Galtung is the world's prime philosopher in peace reviews. This notable number of essays represents his reaction to the occasions of September eleven 2001. it's a philosophical assortment on terror, warfare and peace which engages with the main concerns and hindrances we are facing in trying to create peace world wide. Focusing particularly at the Pacific sector, he offers a grounded evaluate of the background of the neighborhood energy dynamics, and current clients for peace. issues coated contain the hegemony of the us; the eu viewpoint; the united states dating with Japan and Asia; decolonization; and peace pursuits within the age of globalization.

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However, the narcissistic West looks in the mirror to find—itself, unable to admit learning from others. But Rapa Nui was not good at handling conflict. 10 A brief history reads as follows. 14 It has a Chilean governor and a Chilean naval and carabinero presence, and also a Rapa Nui parliament. PeaceBoat made it possible to meet one of the leaders of the independence movement. This is hopefully a fair rendering of his position, held to be typical: We want both independence with membership in the United Nations, and good relations with Chile.

Not just by “discovering” foreign lands, which of course had already been discovered by the “exotic” peoples to be possessed. Four ideas in their culture made them colonisers: • only when we have come there do these lands really exist; • among us, “first come, first see, first possess” (veni, vidi, vici); • ultimately ownership is individual; and • communal ownership, owning together, means no ownership (according to the res communis = res nullius principle). In their wake came missionaries for singularist/universalist faiths, exercising evangelisation (for religion), propagation (for ideologies) or education (for science and rights).

The onus for those massive acts of omission rests on the Allies. It did not happen, because deep in their culture there is an element of might is right because it proves that God is behind the victor. To practice the right produced by the might is a duty. But the problem is that whatever the victors demand of the vanquished to make them more peaceful they also have to demand of themselves. Any glaring asymmetry will never produce peace. The conclusion is that removing causes of war in one party is not enough, we must build causes of peace in all.

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