University of Alberta on January 22 2009. Chanting "peace, peace, non-violence, non-violence" is sometimes used to de-legitimize armed resistance as irrational and unjustifiably violent. It takes attention away from the whole history of Israeli atrocities by focusing too much on - and... Show More >>University of Alberta on January 22 2009. Chanting "peace, peace, non-violence, non-violence" is sometimes used to de-legitimize armed resistance as irrational and unjustifiably violent. It takes attention away from the whole history of Israeli atrocities by focusing too much on - and even blaming at times - the victims for responding with violence in defense. Same goes for the case of Lebanon. The "peace, peace" slogans at times neglect the fact that the international community has failed to deliver any positive results in the last sixty years.
I think the resistance in Palestine as well as Lebanon would also prefer non-violence over violence. The difference really is on the question of 'efficacy' of violent vs. non-violent tactics. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 was largely non-violent. Even scholars of non-violent movements acknowledge that fact.
The distinction between principle and tactic is important here. We would be arguing on a very different level if some peace activist believes in non-violence as a principle - that militant resistance is always wrong. (Even Gandhi made exceptions to that principle!)
But if it is a matter of tactic with non-violence as the preferred method, then the implication is that if legit resistance-s choose militant tactics in Palestine or Lebanon, their actions should not be looked down upon by peace activists. Also since it is a matter of tactic (not principle), tomorrow the resistance-s may very well decide to become non-violent, if they feel that time has changed and the international community is more responsive to non-violent tactics and can actually do something to address their grievances. Show Less >>
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