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Nonviolence Theory Essay

The proposed statement according to Victor Hugo that “No army can withstand the force of an idea whose time has come” can be applied to many strong ideas in order exemplify their presence, strength, and influence they can have. Ideas can, without a doubt, have a long lasting and very powerful impact in such a way that can shape our future and write our history. However, the idea of nonviolence in this context is an idea that appears to be more wishful thinking than a force that “no army can withstand”, or reshape how the world works. To have nonviolence is to have absolute peace and complete rest among nations. To have nonviolence is to have a world that works much differently than the one we live in today. That being said the wishful idea…show more content…
This factor is the state of having a “quasi” peace among nations which leads to nations and individuals to feel a sense of peace with constantly having the fear of violence and war as a possibility. The Deterrence theory is one example of this quasi peace among nations. Deterrence theory is not nearly as preferable as the non-violence observable between two democracies, “at best, it tells them how to maintain a hostile and dangerous relationship” (Jervis, pg. 6). Deterrence theory is an unrestful form of peace and fails to achieve full positive peace between nations. Jervis explains that, “deterrence theory is not alone in failing to address seriously the question of how, and how much, as state can change the intentions of an adversary” (pg. 6). With all this in mind, deterrence theory addresses a conflict between two states at a dangerous time and forms an unrestful peace with no sure confirmation of non-violence. In addition to deterrence theory there is also another factor that adds to this “quasi” form of non-violence. Ethnic fear is something that can spread through an entire nation at a time of war or at the end of war and cause much distress and lead to intense violence. “As groups…show more content…
This last factor is the systems that are in place that promote non-violence and the extent to which these systems take in order to control this peace. Democratic peace, in theory, represents two nations that are democratic with the absence of war between them as well as the norms and culture within these nations that promote peaceful political disputes (Layne, pg. 3). Where the systems differ from the democratic nations is that the democratic peace theory and the systems to keep democracies at peace are simply theories. These theories are just theories unless carried out by the nations that uphold them. That being said it is the nations that contribute to the forceful expansion of non-violence by using violence on non-democratic nations. It is not the theories or ideas of democratic peace that promote such interventions. However, some systems to control peace and non-violence are more intrusive. The problem with these security systems are that they are just as unsure and unrestful as the deterrence theory. Betts writes, “the problem for security policy is to predict threats and to devise means for coping with them, yet it is especially reckless at the moment to invest
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