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Question: Could Armed Forces personnel be assigned to Culture of Peace projects? CPNN article: Culture of Peace Projects by Veterans
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Posted: Dec. 31 1999,17:00

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Culture of Peace Projects by Veterans
On Peacekeepers’ Day, UN honours those serving and fallen heroes
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Posted: Aug. 02 2004,13:58

I think that the modern military trains people to be inhuman, to be a cold-blooded cog in some massive killing machine. I am reminded of the phrase written on a soldier's helmet in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket: "I am become death, destroyer of worlds."

To use the armed forces in projects for peace would involve large-scale re-education and careful training. But I think there is tremendous potential for this kind of program within the military community, as Veterans for Peace clearly shows.

The question, in my opinion, is not "could" but "how" we can humanize the armed forces...
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Posted: Aug. 04 2004,07:50

Thank you for this wonderful news. There is great debate about the use of warriors as peacekeepers, peace builders, peacemakers etc. The Blue Berets of the UN do not get the support or recognition they deserve.
At the Boston Social Forum, I met the conveners of the new Iraqi Veterans against was ivaw.org. Those who know the horrors of war "up close and personal" are some of the strongest supporters of Peace. Citizen Soldier is another group that works for the culture of peace. I'll look up their URL as well.Iraqi veterans against the war
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Tony Dominski
Posted: Aug. 05 2004,07:50

It makes prefect sense to change military warriors into peace warriors.   Peace-keeping can involve protecting civilian populations while reconstruction of nations occurs.  It could also involve building schools and water plants and restoring forests.   Additionally military skills and equipment are useful during hurricanes and earthquakes and other natural disasters.  The dual role of soldiers as protectors and peacemakers makes sense in the transition from a Culture of War to a Culture of Peace.
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