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2nd November 2023 (9 Topics)

Reconciliation over retribution


Amid the ongoing tussle between Israel and Hamas, the notion that when countries act in ways that are not considered civilized, they end up causing long-lasting harm instead of finding long-term solutions felt stronger.

The Futility of Revenge

  • Peace Precedes Progress: Shattered solar panels in Gaza highlight the need for peace for progress. Political leaders must prioritize peace.
  • Revenge and Wild Justice: Revenge, as described by Francis Bacon, is raw and uncivilized. Vengeance by the establishment is unjustifiable.
  • Retribution vs. Justice: State should administer justice through legal channels, not resort to mindless annihilation. Perpetrators must face the law.

Escalating Vicious Cycles

  • Revenge Begets More Violence: Revenge perpetuates a cycle of self-destructive events, leaving lasting wounds. Restraint is crucial for societal stability.
  • Legal Framework and Order: Laws, both domestic and international, uphold acceptable conduct. Absence leads to chaos and unmanageable conflicts.
  • Gandhi's Non-Violent Approach: Gandhi's practice of non-violence defused animosity, contrasting with retaliatory tactics. Cooperation and unity offer lasting solutions.

The Need for Restraint and Dialogue

  • Responsibility of Judiciary and Government: Judiciary punishes offenders; governments seek consensual solutions to minimize conflict. Lack of efforts invites disorder.
  • Avoiding Desperate Retaliation: Establishments must adhere to due process, avoiding disproportionate avenging. Encounters should be strategic, not fuelled by desperation.
  • Dialogue over Retribution: Retaining equanimity and restraint is key for effective administration. Sovereign hubris leads to retribution, not reconciliation.
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