War is the result of a lack of creativity. Many have argued that not only is war avoidable, but that every war has been avoidable. Peaceful means to resolve conflicts, including stopping genocidal dictators, are available and effective. Yet, many leaders do not have the patience to explore these and resort to the crude tool of violence.
It takes courage and strength to follow a peaceful path. How does one deal with today's world without resorting to violence? There is no easy answer. That's what makes it difficult. Extraordinary leadership is required to truly pursue peace.
John Lennon and Yoko One used to encourage folks to "declare peace." Today, the American Friends Service Committee challenges us to "wage peace." They have some interesting thoughts on the matter. Check them out.
Stevie Joe Parker