Realistic Strategy and Tactics of Peacemaking
- How to Initiate, Maintain and Sustain an Enduring Peaceful Relationship?
Known to us, being peaceful is a mental state of harmony in life management resulting from a successful interaction between a
person’s inborn sensors/functions and his internal and external environments. If we observe what have happened around us carefully, we
should be able to easily discover that the following steps and conditions are essential for creating a long-lasting peaceful relationship; we
should adopt them as the strategy and tactics of peacemaking for the relationships at personal, social, national, and international levels.
In peacemaking, the strategy is used as its long-term backbone; the tactics, merely as its short-term skill, to bring about the
emergence and agreement of a peace treaty. After a peace treaty is signed into effect, the fulfillment of the promises as printed in paper will
be still impossible if it is not supported and guided by its strategy. If the materialization of fulfilling the promises to ease and even cure the
chaos as printed does not timely take place, unrest and uneasiness will persist and chaos will never end.
In a sense, a coordinating strategy for peacemaking to grow, sustain, and last is just like water for a boat to float for an enjoyable
journey. In another view, strategy is the media to cultivate the growth of peace; tactics alone is not enough. Therefore, without reciprocating
strategy with tactics in peacemaking, the continuation of an enduring peace will be impossible.
Based on the understanding of general human nature, the following points are suggested and proposed as the strategy for
Cultivate and nurture the persistent presence and growth of the atmosphere of mutual need, because a constant sense of mutual need is
the real force of getting together.
Make sure that the fulfillment of mutual need and promise entered at signing a peace treaty can be realistically materialized within a certain
reasonable timetable and easiness.
Despite the presence of inevitable imperfection under any circumstance, the atmosphere of recognizing the reality of no other better choice
available than those presented and scripted in the paper on the table and under the sun or roof has to always prevail.
Nothing is static; everything or everyone is in its constant changing, adjusting process or course of self-service as stated in 2.5. Therefore, a
mechanism to reflect and adjust this nature of instability in life should be in place; otherwise, subsequent disappointment from poor
fulfillment of the promise as written in a peace treaty will resurface and eventually erupts from unrest into chaos and violence.
Preserve and respect the existence of ego of all entities involved. Be sure to present and materialize the promise in the fashion that the
opposite party wishes to be presented, not in the way you can and you want to present.
The application of strategy and tactics should work together hand in hand in a flexible and timely fashion in order to prevent the recurrence
of unrest and uneasiness to chaos and violence. Eventually, we would have a best possible opportunity to assure an enduring peace for all.
What are the common tactics for pursuing peace? As one of the common features of any life events, the pattern of all human events
always presents itself as a process of full spectrum, ranging from its early extreme, almost unnoticeable, primitive state to its late over-
blown sophisticated picture; so is the pattern of the use and presentation of tactics for peacemaking. They can be grouped into two
categories – non-violent and violent - according to its approaches of execution. Generally speaking, the use of violence is merely an
extension of nonviolent tactics after its failure to generate its anticipated result. Understandably, a lot of tactics fall in between.
Generally speaking, the proponents of nonviolent tactics, who are usually resistors as opposed to oppressors who imposed injustice
upon disadvantaged people, exercise various forms of noncooperation and disobedience to catch the attention of oppressors and hopefully
to rectify social justice with a show of respect toward the humanity of all people. Among them, a Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) of India and
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) of the United States of America are contemporary notable representatives of nonviolent movement
seeking for the resurrection of social justice.
Although all human beings should have an equal opportunity to utilize what they have coming with life and because people are never
born equal, they have no equal opportunity to use what those are on the earth. To use what are on the earth, you have to earn it. Due to
competition and scarcity of resources, oppressors control what people like, want, and need, resulting in inequality. At present, it is the time
to think about if there are any real things of kindness or generosity. No, they are merely the byproducts after personal spiritual and physical
abundance as well as comfort. Through alternating the usage of various forms of nonviolent tactics, hopefully, in time, the resultant intensity
of nonviolent tactics may be enough to generate a sufficient pressure to jeopardize the survival of oppressors. That is the time the
oppressors are reluctantly willing to relinquish what people need from their hands of control. As you can see, a change for better is still a
show of self-service; it is not oppressors are kind and generous. They have no other better choice in their favor but take a change yet aiming
at their continual survival. What oppressors are willing to give away to resisters are always carefully calculated without a total loss of control
in their favor. The practice of democracy is the extreme example of this kind of power sharing.
nonviolent demonstration, protest,
conference and consultation on a flexible schedule,
peaceful strike with no sabotage and fight with force,
continuing education for either party to honestly spread and assert the prevailing of mutual benefit for getting together,
continuing education all parties to cultivate and nurture a need for mutual understanding and respect in order to present, provide,
and materialize the mutual promise to fulfill peace treaty in a proper fashion, that is, in the way the other party wishes to be
presented instead of being always in the way you can and want to present alone.
4.2.2 Violent tactics:
Violent demonstration and protest with sabotage, raiding, robbing, a full-out warfare, constant fighting with guerrilla warfare tactics or a full-
Throughout the process of exercising various tactics to forge the willingness and to achieve the emergence and creation of peace treaty or
contract between both parties in disputes, it is ideal not to take advantage of other party’s ignorance, anxiety, and fear under hidden agenda.
Please remember there is always an uncertain distance from the emergence of the sense of mutual need – the very beginning of peace - to
the creation and the continuation of an enduring long-term peace – its continual survival.
Generally speaking, the more the display of dissatisfaction and disagreement with violence is, the longer the distance to reach the
beginning of creation of peace will be. The goal of exercising various tactics is to weaken other party’s position so that the involved party is
willing to sit down to a table to pan out a mutually agreeable treaty or contract. At the moment of sitting down to a table, it is just the
beginning of creating a relationship, hopefully, a peaceful one.
Display the sense of recognizing, on the table and under the sun, there is no other better choice.
Under the consideration of priority and simplicity in the sequence of events
2. the face of smiling tiger,
3. a well orchestrated or formulated gesture or pretense
4. Manipulating other party’s ignorance, anxiety, and fear.
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adequate interface. Besides, such a computer should have a mechanism to detect and eliminate the presence of computer virus invasion.
For a well-run individual or organization, the very same scenario of setup and management should be in place. Otherwise, a state of peace
cannot be achieved.
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