This is the last in a series of articles on Capital Paul K. Chappell.
Peace v War
Paul argues that peace requires many of the same skills as war and is can be an effective replacement for war, if only signs of an upcoming war are caught and the mindset can be reversed. War CAN be prevented. The problem with war, Paul Chappell says, is “War waits until it’s too late.”
War has many warning signs – hopelessness, lack of opportunity, lack of communication, and poverty. By stopping these before they occur with antecedents to peace, war will become a relic of history.
This is the second in a series on Captain Paul K. Chappell.
Paul says the turning point of his thinking came with what he learned at West Point. The truth about modern warfare is that it is about winning hearts and minds, not killing the most people. Modern technology, such as the Internet, mass media, cell phones and YouTube, has forced war to evolve. Since the hearts and minds can be won through technology, wars are fought on CNN, Fox News and Al Jazeera as much as they are in battle. These technologies can be used to fuel a war, or they can be used to win hearts and minds without the battle.
Peace Dot partner peace.facebook.com is featured in this week’s Time Magazine. Here’s the part we love:
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, is at her most enthusiastic when she’s describing Peace.Facebook.com, part of the website that tracks the number of friendships made each day between members of groups that have historically disagreed, such as Israelis and Palestinians and Sunnis and Shi’ites. “We don’t pretend Facebook’s this profound all the time,” Sandberg says. “But is it harder to shoot at someone who you’ve connected to personally? Yeah. Is it harder to hate when you’ve seen pictures of that person’s kids? We think the answer is yes.”
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1990582-3,00.html#ixzz0oX5KRgK5