The words attributed to Gandhi, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” are more relevant now than ever. As violence throughout the world seems to be escalating, with ever more horrifying atrocities being reported daily, it is obvious that fighting fire with fire just fans the flames of hostility. I was interested, then, when a friend introduced me to her soldier nephew, who is also a supporter of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). As a soldier, this young man felt duty-bound to protect civilians, but as a humanitarian he believes that force is not the best way to create peace. He shared with ...


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