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What is a Just Peace?$
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Pierre Allan and Alexis Keller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199275351.001.0001

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A Method for Thinking about Just Peace

A Method for Thinking about Just Peace

(p.176) 8 A Method for Thinking about Just Peace
What is a Just Peace?

Edward W. Said

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, Said argues that in the case of the Palestinians and Israelis, histories and cultures are inextricably linked ‘contrapuntally’ in symbiotic rather than mutually exclusive terms. When this understanding of circumstances occurs, it no longer seems viable to eliminate the opposition because there will always be a tomorrow in which retribution will be demanded by those who feel that an injustice had been forced upon family members or previous generations. Said emphasizes the need to think about and resolve two histories that have become interwoven, despite the fact that many have tried to define the other in contradictory terms. Part of arriving at a Just Peace entails recognizing a shared identity and common history even if this approach highlights differences. This might be a monumental task considering the trials and tribulations that have often come to pass in a conflict, but for Said, an ‘abridged memory’ is not an option that will lead to Just Peace.

Keywords:   justice, peace, contrapuntal, just war, common history

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