Archive for May, 2011


Presented by: Gloria María Abarca and Marisol Suárez Sierra

This was a very different seminar.  We practiced breathing and focused on relaxing.  At first I thought that it was going to be a waste of time, but I was pleasantly surprised.  It was very interesting and beneficial, I believe, for all of the students in the Peace Master who are working hard and feeling a lot of stress.  This was the first time I have ever heard of holistic peace…  It seems important and I would like to learn more about it.  During the seminar we practiced different types of exercises.  It reminded me of yoga.  People are always telling me that I need to do yoga because I am always stressed out.  Perhaps they are right…  Learning about holistic peace reminded me that I must also focus on peace in my own life.  I am continually seeking to promote and work for peace outside of myself, but I realized that I am constantly conflicted with ideas, emotions, and various things that contribute to a stressful lifestyle.

I agree that we should strive to find personal peace.  However, I do not agree that it is necessary to find personal peace to be able to work for peace outside of ourselves.  There are many honorable people in the world that failed to attain personal peace, but contributed greatly to peace in the world.  In other words, some people work better for peace when they are living at high altitudes and plagued by stress and anxiety.  I do not feel peace when I see suffering and poverty.  I do not feel peace when I see the country where I am from waging war.  I feel anger and anxiety, which motivates me to work for peace.  In a strange way, anxiety can drive us to achieve impossible goals.  Yet, it can also kill us…  Therefore, although I believe that personal peace is desirable, I do not believe it is necessary to live a life working for peace in the world.

Here is an interesting video:

Libya

Presented by: Alejandro Pozo. Centro de Estudios para la Paz J.M. Delàs

This was a very interesting lecture.  Surprisingly, the translation to English was better than usual…  Alejandro Pozo made a strong and persuasive argument against military intervention in Libya.t

It is true that the Security Council passed a resolution aimed to protect the civilian population, but NATO and international forces are going beyond what was voted on and agreed to by international law.  In fact, they are now claiming the right to wage aggressive war.

I agree with what was said in this seminar.  We have been fed a lot of propaganda by the mainstream media and western governments about the necessity of intervening in Libya.  However, the humanitarian reasons to intervene are lies.  There are many reasons for why western powers wish to topple Gadhafi and occupy Libya.  Oil is a major reason.  Yet, it is not the only reason.  Giant corporations and the military-industrial-complex also stand to gain from the overthrow of Gadhafi and the occupation of Libya.  Of course, I do not support Gadhafi, but neither to I support war disguised as humanitarian intervention.

The language employed by the United States and its allies gives the impression that a no-fly zone is merely the prohibition of aircraft.  However, a no-fly zone actually entails the bombing of military targets and is essentially an act of war.  And, of course, the result of such strategic bombing is collateral damage—the slaughtering of innocent human beings.  Calling a war a no-fly zone is a convenient way for the United States government and its allies to garner support for another war of military aggression.  Furthermore, Ben Rhodes—the Deputy National Security Adviser—refused to concede to reporters that the U.S. bombing in Libya is an act of war.  Rather, he referred to the bombing as kinetic military action.

The US and its allies do not know exactly who the rebels are who they are supporting.  There are allegations that the rebels are even made up of Al Qaeda and other extremists.  This is eerily similar to what the US did during the 80’s when they supported the Mujahideen against the Soviet forces (ie. blowback).