Glen Stassen's Ideas
In a series of Articles Explaining Juat Peacemaking Theory, Professor Stassen presents ideas on how to apply the principles of just peacemaking in concrete situations, including:
- How Just Peacemaking Theory Can Make Sense of the Bombing of Kosovo
- Attacking Iraq from a Just Peacemaking Perspective
- Turning Attention to Just Peacemaking Initiatives that Prevent Terrorism
Dealing with Saddam Hussein
In the early months of 2003 leading up to the Iraq War, Jim Wallis, executive director and editor-in-chief of Sojourners, developed "An Alternative to War for Defeating Saddam Hussein." Offered as a third way between war and ineffectual responses, the plan had six points.
1. Remove Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party from power.
"The U.N. Security Council should establish an international tribunal to indict Saddam and his top officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Indicting Saddam would send a clear signal to the world that he has no future. It would set into motion both internal and external forces that might remove him from power."
2. Enforce coercive disarmament.
a. Military enforcement. "Removing Saddam must be coupled with greatly intensified inspections to fully enforce all U.N. Security Council resolutions that relate to Iraq since the 1991 Gulf war."
b. Strengthen the arms embargo.
3. Foster a democratic Iraq.
4. Organize a massive humanitarian effort now for the people of Iraq.
5. Recommit to a "Roadmap to Peace" in the Middle East.
6. Reinvigorate and sustain the "war against terrorism."
On February 18, 2003 a U.S. religious delegation presented this plan to British Prime Minister Blair. They included Jim Wallis, John Bryson Chane, Episcopal bishop, Washington, D.C.; Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk, Presbyterian Church USA; Melvin Talbert, ecumenical officer, United Methodist Council of Bishops; and Dan Weiss, immediate past general secretary, American Baptist Churches in the USA.
Dealing with Terrorism
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