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‘Conflict cannot be resolved with violence’
Violence is often a favourable option for people and groups of people to resolve a conflict. Violence
is often an easier option to carry out. Unfortunately violence doesn’t work at resolving a conflict in
the long term. In many cases, the use of violence can actually increase hatred and the pursuit of
revenge. Often to truthfully resolve a conflict, both parties must make sacrifices both morally,
politically, with the ownership of resources and material things. Violence is just a method of
suppressing another to the point that they appear to be unproblematic, at least for a little while.
This method of violence is seen at the present and throughout history. For as long as humans have
existed, conflict has been dealt with violence. The tools for violence have changes from caveman
throwing rocks at one another to sophisticated, multi-million dollar weapons such as armoured
vehicles, superfast aircraft armed to the teeth with missiles, bombs and explosive tipped bullets to
thermonuclear ballistic missiles that can decimate any large city in the world with a push of a button.
The problem with todays sophisticated tools used in acts of violence is that their lethality has
increased and are able to cause more damage and take more loved ones from families. Whether the
person killed is good or bad is irrelevant; anyone who is killed by another has a brother, mother,
father, son, wife and so on, which will rarely stand idle by. This can be seen in the conflict around the
Gaza Strip. When Israel responds to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip with the mighty hand of their
military force, yes the Palestinians are quashed and there is temporary peace because the Hamas
fighters have mostly been killed, as we see now after the resent military action that has just finished
in the area. This is only temporary though, as seen time and time again. All the Hamas fighters that
have been killed have tight connections with their families as a result of their culture and hence
causes revenge seeking family members joining the Hamas group. Not to mention the civilian
causalities causing once innocent people into revenge seeking worriers. “Cut off the head of snake
and two will grow.” This use of violence may produce a short term lull in the battle but in the long
term, violence only increases the war.
Galileo is an example of how the threat of violence and torture can force a person into a life of
illegitimacy and forces ones belief to be supressed. Galileo was forced by the highly powerful
members of the Church to recant his belief of a solar-centric solar system even though Galileo had
physical proof just with one glance through his telescope. To Sagredo’s credit, he constantly tried to
warn Galileo about publically expressing his discovery. “When you said you believed in proof I smelt
burnt flesh” But Galileo honestly trusted in humanities nature of breaking with conviction in the
presence of undoubtable proof. Galileo eventually discovered that there was not a deep incrusted
principle within everyone’s conscious for the truth. To Galileo’s surprise, some people especially
people with a strong religious conviction would rather live a lie without question than accepting the
As seen with Galileo, violence or the threat of violence is an effective tool at controlling a person.
This very same principle of intimidation, threat and violence is used throughout the world today and
in the course of history. The reason why the Islamic State has so quickly taken control of large areas
of countries such as Syria and Iraq is mostly due to their barbaric use of violence, threat and
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intimidation. Months before the Islamic State advanced to Mosul, Iraq; the Islamic State had already
had people in the city using their symbolic principles. This proved to work because when the Islamic
State finally made an advance on Mosul, almost every single Iraq official laid their weapons down
and even discarded their uniforms into the streets. The Iraq officials were so afraid of what these
Islamic State fighters might do to them if captured, that even with strong American weaponry they
did not even fire a round against the incoming invaders. The fear of violence defeated the Iraq
officials before any contest in anyway.
Violence’s use in conflict is something that humanity can surely do with its abolishment. Whether
this is an achievable task; is a philosopher’s toughest question and the world population’s greatest
dream. Never less, violence’s affect in conflict is dreadfully powerful. For as long as people fear the
use of violence, the power violence produces in conflict will make it an attractable method of
controlling others. This was used on Galileo with great affect and also worked with the rapid
expansion of the Islamic State over the Middle East. With every act, there is always more than one
effect. The use of violence can control but it can also cause revenge in the longer term as we will
continue to see in the Gaza Strip. Violence is too dynamic of a phenomenon to answer its
deciphering outcomes in its use in conflict with a simplistic answer.