Friday, January 13, 2006

Afghan Peacemaker Team

This is an effort to summarize the aim of Afghan Peacemaker Team. (They might be the basis of a pamphlet when done; revised, condensed, etc.). We write and talk about nonviolence as if it were simply a technique. I believe it is much more, that it is a "one-edged philosophy" which cannot easily be used to defend or advance injustice, and which is of value only if tested in the real world.

The concept of nonviolence as a method of change is new to Afghanistan. We know two ways to deal with injustice; fight it or tolerance, the second option was fine if I was the one suffering, but it did not provide a way to stop you from inflicting injustice on a third party. The Muslims could choose to endure great injustice. So that's fine, but on the other hand our religious duty is to confront evil; how can we do that.

THE PROBLEM OF DEALING WITH EVIL

Particularly after 23 years war with the horror of the mass killing, there is a sense that pacifism alone - the refusal to kill - is not good enough. Why not? The need for peace is realized now more than any other time, and Afghans want to reach doesn't matter how. It's a new way but it's a perfect way, Islam is a prove of its perfection. Islam literally means Peace and Solidarity. And this sacred religious is preaching it as Jiahd Akbar. The holy war for peace is greater than for any thing else. Some may claim there is no bravery in it. IT IS ABSOLUTLY BRAVE TO SAY I AM READY TO DIE FOR PEACE, BUT I AM NOT GOING TO KILL.

To bring political peace, as well as social endurance, acceptance, respect and love. In a tired, war-torn and low literacy nation at the first stage they can't reach social harmony through discussion and conflict (I would describe conflict as a way to improve or I would say conflict is a potential for a positive change), but it's more likely they could reach it through endurance and acceptance, secondly the one who seeks solution through violence is not always after solution, and it's usually about them loving to do that.

Tacala Liberation Army (TLA) was a land reform Marxist Movement supported by USSR, they had a true, legitimate (what we call Jawanmardana) military strive, but when the funding from Moscow dried out after the cold war; they started drug trafficking, kidnapping, banditry, hostage taking and armed robbery. These were the combatants who didn't have political vision, agenda and were not after solution, the one who were after solution abundant them, and were kind of convinced, they are done.

The same thing happened in almost all of the conflict zones.

These days in Afghanistan some reformists call the Former combatants and their commanders warlords. They are not warlords at least not for Afghans, they did what they believed to be right and they did it honestly; they sacrificed lives, families, relatives and their homes. So imagine yourself instead of them, when you have nothing except your belief, are you ready to give up the belief which you have been thriving for decades and sacrificed for it. A pacifist never segregates people by giving them title, and thinking "what they did was wrong" even if it was.

How painful it's when the belief is humiliated???

The same thing is from Jihadi side they blame the commentators for blasphemy and etc.

Most of the time the conviction is not questionable and any discussion no matter what it is will eventually lead to questioning the faith, so the solution is easier through acceptance rather than discussion.

So let's all as true Afghans come from a new platform and forget about the past, and start for a new future.

THE HUMAN RACE HAS ALMOST NO EXPERIENCE WITH LASTING PEACE OR ITS STRATEGIES. OUR DEFAULT HAS ALWAYS BEEN WAR. VIOLENCE IS ALWAYS WITH US WITH DIFFERENT NAMES: SACRIFICE, PATRIOTISM, DEFENSE, FREEDOM, BRAVERY AND ACTION.

THERE IS NO IDEOLOGY WITHOUT HOLES

In trying to understand the philosophy of nonviolence, it is important to keep in mind there is no living, vital philosophy which does not have "holes" in it. Let me give two examples. Marxism has an inherent contradiction in that it argued "history is on our side, socialism is inevitable, the result of contradictions which will lead to the collapse of capitalism". Fine, if socialism is inevitable, then why not sit back and wait for it? Why risk one's life - as so many socialists and communists did - in a struggle, the end of which was already certain?

Buddhism tells us that Buddha sat under a tree, meditated, and discovered the truth, a large part of which was non-attachment. Why then did he bother to teach it? If Buddha had gained the answer, why was he still so "attached to the world" that he taught at all? In both cases I have heard the answers - they do not persuade me. Philosophies, those which can change the course of lives, and alter history, are marked by contradictions. Only minor ideologies have all the answers.

VIOLENCE AND REPRESSION IS STILL THOUGHT TO BE THE ONLY BRINGER OF JUSTICE

Nonviolence does not answer all questions. It is filled with contradictions. This is an effort to outline what I have learned, knowing there is not a single idea here which is original with me.

A BASIC ASSUMPTION OF NONVIOLENCE

Let's begin with a basic assumption of nonviolence. There is an absolute reality, but none of us are absolutely certain what it is. Each of us sees part of it; none of us can grasp all of it. Let's think of reality - the "real world" - as the earth itself. If we ask a handful of widely scattered people what the "reality of the earth is", the man who lives on a small island in the Pacific will say it is almost entirely water, except for the patch of land on which he and his family live. A woman in Kansas will say it is flat, dry except when it rains, and is covered by wheat. The nomad in the Kandahr desert will say the earth is dry, sandy, constantly moving with the wind, and there is little vegetation. The hunter in the Brazilian rain forest will insist the earth is wet with water, the air is thick with moisture, and the day is filled with the sounds of birds and insects, and the vegetation so dense that it is hard to move.

Each statement is true - as a part of the truth. None of the statements is true of the whole. Yet we often believe the partial truth we perceive is the full truth. Put it another way - each human being perceives "reality" in different ways. For most of us that difference is so slight we don't notice it. But the matter is important when a person is color blind and cannot distinguish between red and green - which is why STOP signs say STOP and do not just flash red (it is also why the red is the top color of traffic lights, and green the bottom one - a person who is color blind can still tell the difference by their position). Someone who, from birth, is deaf or blind lives in a world as "real" as the one you live in, but their "reality" will be profoundly different.

We are, each of us, finite beings in a universe which is infinite. Whether the universe had a beginning and an end we are not sure - but we are certain we had a beginning and we all know we will have an end (promised by Allah). There is a limit to the time during which we can learn things - and there are far too many things to learn for any of us ever to be sure we are an authority except - at best - in small and limited ways.

WHERE DOES THIS NONSENSE LEAD US?

This all seems terribly convoluted. A Baddawi was Asked by a wise man if he believed in Allah, the desert man replied "Allah is even in these sands", tapping the earth. In Islam sense "Allah is all things". So that when desert man said "Allah is Truth" it was a statement a scientist might understand with greater immediacy than the rest of us.

THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AS COMMON GROUND

Let me close this by noting that one of the things which most deeply impressed me was a friend his ability to listen with respect to those with whom he deeply disagreed, not as a tactic but because he hoped to catch in their remarks some truth he himself had missed. Most of us, in arguing, can hardly wait for our "opponent" to finish so that we can "correct" him (or her).

The friend was in no hurry to "correct" his opponent. Nonviolence is many things, but if it is not a search for truth - a search that is never ended - it will fail.

Reaching Peace

Ignoring Conflict

Accommodation

Solution

Acceptance and Love

Compensation

Endurance

Suppression and Violence

"THE MAIN WORK OF THIS MOVEMENT WAS NOT THE NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE CAMPAIGNS, BUT ITS "CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRAM"

I don't think suppression and violence is a good option; let's not confuse peace with quietness, but still its there.

Mission:

XXX aims to set up Afghan Peacemakers Team. This anti-violence organization will produce Sullah, a 30 minute weekly program concerning peace, tolerance and love. Sullah with drama format will be distributed to 33 stations across Afghanistan.

After the successful production and distribution of 15 programs APT will organize a conference on non-violence inviting people from across the country.

APT will invite people to tolerance, peace and non-violence through demonstration in Kabul before June election. APT will also organize anti-violence demonstration in volatile parts of the country.

Vision:

To help in creating a peaceful Afghanistan

Persuading people to reach solutions through tolerance and acceptance.

Supporting social as well as political acceptance and respect.

3 Comments:

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