Justice is a difficult thing to discern as it extends toward peace.The recent conviction of Charles Taylor - of Sierra Leone - certainly does hold him accountable for crime! Good! But, it does not immediately or simply "bring peace" to those whose lives are now gone - nor to those whose lives remain fractured because of his crime and all too many complicit with his crimes!As we celebrate persons being held accountable to crime, I note that we also need to work toward a world where persons and cultures are framed such that this kind of atrocity can not develop and emerge. We need to work toward a world where the kinds of persons who would perpetrate this kind of violence are constrained and restrained earlier, better, and in patterns of a just peace that is generative and hopeful and reformative of culture and life! We are glad to have shared advocacy in these issues through past activities sponsored by the Eupan Global Initiative!
~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.