A Model, A Possible Template for Peace Negotiations Around the World

August 8, 2009

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Article Title: A Model, A Possible Template for Peace Negotiations Around the World
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): “Inspiration”, peace, pursuit of peace, possibilities for peace, negotiation, peace negotiations, peace strategy, South Africa, inspirational writings.
Web Sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and and http://goo.gl/vTpjk
The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/

http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/

http://www.breakdownbarriers.wordpress.com

http://drmartinlutherking.wordpress.com/

http://www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

http://www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

http://www.religiousunity.wordpress.com

and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com. Obsessive or WHAT!

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~ Franz Kafka

Other Articles are available at: http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981+ http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles.html
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)
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This piece may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. All my articles (and quotations) may be freely published. If they help at all, or make any difference in people’s lives by bringing some joy, then I’m very happy.

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A MODEL, A STRATEGY, A POSSIBLE TEMPLATE FOR PEACE NEGOTIATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE

Out of a violent and bloody past, South Africa’s extraordinary relatively peaceful transition to democracy was a minor “miracle”… “South Africa’s ability to overcome deep divisions, to negotiate a common future and to commit itself to reconciliation and reconstruction offers new hope – not only to South Africa, but across the globe.”

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A MODEL, A STRATEGY FOR PEACE

Some thoughts and reflections…

Contemplating the road that my country, South Africa took, here are a few personal thoughts on A MODEL, A STRATEGY FOR PEACE (or at least a more peaceful world) … and a possible road map ahead in the “trouble spots” around the globe.

There HAS to be another, a better way than the past in other conflict-riddled countries! Diplomatic, economic and international pressure (as long as it is united), I truly believe, IS the way to resolve nearly all conflicts and can work wonders. The path to peace, I believe starts with the moral WILL to effect change towards working towards a more peaceful and prosperous future…no matter the country. And (can I begin a sentence with an ‘and’?) this PROCESS comes about little by little through coaxing at times, encouragement at other times through economic rewards, effective and consistent pressure (it can be threats – the “carrot and stick” approach), “bargaining” and most importantly, negotiation. Yes, even talking with “perceived enemies”.

So WHAT to DO?

* An initial contact and approach between adversaries (usually in secret)

* This then slowly opens channels (lines) of communication, leading to gradual acceptance by ‘ordinary’ people in “opressed, occupied and war-torn” countries.

* Use a multi-pronged approach (diverse) with many pressure points. “The “carrot and stick” approach, emphasising benefits, especially economic aid as positive reinforcement, rather than sanctions (largely ineffective as despots just “dig in” in the face of threats)… which leads to more stability. In time, the “scatter-gun” approach of ‘constructive engagement’ will naturally become way more FOCUSED.

* Leaders should see the peace process as an ongoing work in progress. Move negotiations forward in little steps through finding areas of consensus and developing these. TRY really hard!

* Even though there will inevitably be serious differences in position, work hard on narrowing these differences. In doing so a momentum to negotiations will be created. Then slowly, day by day, diligently working on the process of getting to see former adversaries and political rivals as human beings and not as terrorists on one side and “gangsters and brutal opressors” (and perhaps even the “devil”) on the other side. In so doing negotiators affirm another person’s shared HUMANITY.

* Make a commitment to your adversary to not go back in dealings. Make firm resolutions to move forward.

* Absolute COMMITMENT by ALL parties to the process of NEGOTIATION… which in due course will lead to a successful outcome… a “win-win” solution.

* Negotiating and resolving conflict takes HARD work. What is required is great effort, creativity and most importantly, IMAGINATION in solving seemingly impossible problems. Was it Einstein who once said that “imagination is more important than knowledge”? Also big doses of FLEXIBILITY and BOLDNESS. Risks have to be considered and taken…. so be brave in the face of uncertainty.

NB: Have hope, great and high, that the process WILL ultimately bear positive results and be successful to ALL parties. And so benefit ordinary citizens, as peace inevitably brings prosperity.

To end off, back to South Africa for a few concluding thoughts…

Those negotiations birthed in the distant past leading relatively peacefully to a New Democratic South Africa are more than history; they are really relevant today. Because those early contacts between former enemies in the ‘beloved country’ have perhaps formed a ‘trailblazing and imaginative template': for these kind of talks and negotiations to provide SOLUTIONS to endemic conflicts around the globe. With fortititude, resolve and especially the political and moral WILL by our leaders, the world WILL slowly become a more peaceful and better place for ALL of us.

Craig Lock

Authors Note:

The above extract is from a new manuscript on which Craig Lock is currently “working” (or rather it’s “writing itself”). It is based on some true and inspiring tales of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us – stories of ‘Endless Possibilities’. The central theme of this new manuscript is the “ever-present great thought”… that somewhere “out there”, somehow in the future there exist endless possibilities. The ideal, the vision, the dream, is to usher in a new age to bring some more peace to a world “hell-bent” on destruction. This “story” can be read at different levels from the personal, to a national, international or “spiritual” perspective (“go as deep as you want”). And there are NO limitations to what we human beings can achieve, if we truly know WHERE we want to be. There IS a “spiritual solution” to every problem on earth.

“The greatness of a nation consists not so much in the number of it’s people or the extent of it’s territory as in the extent and justice of it’s compassion.”

- Inscription at the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth, for horses killed in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).

P.S: I am reminded of something Mahatma Gandhi’s said not long before he was assassinated: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible; but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, ALWAYS.”


“Love suffers long and is kind. Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. And now abide faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13)

“There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power. Only strive for power, if it is not at the cost of other people. Power corrupts. You first have to be pure and righteous, before one can attain power. I believe that love is a greater force than power.

- Alan Paton, great South African humanitarian and author of the classic ‘Cry the Beloved Country”

“The measure of love is to love without measure.” ~ Saint Augustine

“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing with hope.” – craig

Craig Lock’s books and the novels on South Africa that he “felt inspired to write” , including ‘Over the Rainbow’ * are available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

* A look at the many colourful peoples, who make up this diverse and vibrant society, as seen through the eyes of a newspaper reporter.

Over the Rainbow

from http://www.amazon.com/Over-The-Rainbow-craig-lock/dp/1490392971

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/

http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/

http://www.breakdownbarriers.wordpress.com

http://drmartinlutherking.wordpress.com/

http://www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

http://www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

http://www.religiousunity.wordpress.com

and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com. Obsessive or WHAT!

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~ Franz Kafka

“YOU be the change you wish to see in others. Then in changing YOUR world you help change THE world.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

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February 18, 2015

Originally posted on The International Correspondent: Peace Pursuit:

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http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

“It is time for people of good will from every faith, culture and nation to recognise that a terrible danger threatens humanity. We must set aside the partisan bickering between nations and join together to confront the grave danger that lies before us. “

the words of Abdurahman Wahid, former President of Indonesia

from  https://defeatterrorism.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/it-is-time-for-people-of-good-will-from-every-faith-culture-and-nation-to-recognise-that-a-terrible-danger-threatens-humanity/

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

- Edmund Burke

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We must help, but on our terms: Thoughts on how to combat and defeat Isis by Kerre McIvor, New Zealand Herald columnist…

February 9, 2015

Originally posted on Is It Possible to Defeat Terrorism?: It is only through working together globally that we can succeed!:

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Thoughts on how to combat and defeat Isis by Kerre McIvor, New Zealand Herald columnist…

… I have no problem in supporting action against Isis.

The issue is what form that action takes. Don’t think the war is going to be won on the ground. Maybe, just maybe, the military coalition of 20-odd countries who have been asked to train the Iraqi forces so they can rout Isis will do such a brilliant job that it will be expunged from the planet and consigned to the history books. But I doubt it.

There needs to be a multi-pronged attack. Cutting off the funding for the terrorist group should be the priority.

Wealthy individuals in Qatar and Saudi Arabia are funnelling huge amounts of money into Isis and they need to be stopped. Sanctions need to be imposed on countries that are tacit supporters of Isis or that have…

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“Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.”

February 5, 2015

craiglock:

“Faith walks up the stairs that have built a window that hope opened.”
– great writing by Charles Spurgeon

Originally posted on Inspirational videos:

“Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.”

- powerful and inspiring words from Alan Paton,  South African writer and humanitarian and author of the greatly moving book Cry the Beloved Country (1948)

from  https://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/tag/south-africa/ and http://www.amazon.com/The-Awakening-Savuka-New-Dawn-ebook/dp/B006RM67ZM

from http://www.momsgarden.wordpress.com and http://www.sawriter.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

– c from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow

“SHARE, ENCOURAGE and SPREAD, HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT”

 

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How to Defeat an Ideology?

February 4, 2015

Originally posted on Is It Possible to Defeat Terrorism?: It is only through working together globally that we can succeed!:

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picture from   https://craiglock.wordpress.com/

Just sharing a few thoughts I had last night…

NO one strategy (especially the military one on its own) will work and only a multi-pronged strategy by nearly all nations will eventually win this new war on terror,

An idea! The snake must be cut off at the head to stop what feeds it,, ie. the in-flow of money which sustains this terrorism and terrible violence. The petrol we use in our car may perhaps have even been bought by our country (indirectly) from ISIS? However, with all all our technology available today, there  MUST be a way to trace the sources, then to stop the flow of oil proceeds and arms sales from the military-industrial complex. World leaders agreeing to drastically cut arms making, exporting and selling will be one step towards a more peaceful world..

And each ONE of us can play a part…

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Heart Touching (pps): Have an Attitude of Gratitude

January 31, 2015

Originally posted on Tolerance and Respect:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxslrCi5v2WzRU5tT202TzJBQVE/view?usp=sharing

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

– c

from    https://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/  www.wemustnothate.wordpress.com and https://fromseedsofhatetobondsoflove.wordpress.com/

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TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow

“SHARE, ENCOURAGE and SPREAD, HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT”

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Picture (great by Jenny Palmer) from www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com
PPS: Live in an attitude of gratitude for what you do have!

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“Terrorist bombs don’t discriminate on the base of race or religion.”

January 21, 2015

Originally posted on I (We) Must Not Hate!:

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https://fromseedsofhatetobondsoflove.wordpress.com/category/islam-and-christianity/

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“To claim men like Osama Bin Laden represent mainstream Islam is a ridiculous as alleging Christianity is represented by the likes of Radovan Karadzic. As congregations, communities and nations, we must join hands to fight the cancer of terrorism. Terrorist bombs don’t discriminate on the base of race or religion.” – Irfan Yusuf, a Sydney (Australia) lawyer, currently writing a book titled ‘Once Were Radicals’.

from http://www.defeatterrorism.wordpress.com

TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow
“SHARE, ENCOURAGE and SPREAD, HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT”
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“The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr”

January 20, 2015

A Simple Message: The Way

January 17, 2015

Originally posted on Working, Striving towards a more Peaceful World "I WRITE, I SHARE, I DREAM!":

“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”

from www.craigsquotes.wordpress..com and https://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/category/inspirational-quotes-2/page/6/

Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow “SHARE, ENCOURAGE and SPREAD, HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT”
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How to Make Your Wildest Dreams Come True – Fifteen Principles to Realise Them

January 1, 2015

Originally posted on The Champion:

http://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/how-to-make-your-wildest-dreams-come-true-fifteen-principles-to-realise-them-3/

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Picture (above) from http://www.thegrandprize.wordpress.com

“A particle of the Spirit that made the world is in you, but first it has to be activated.”

from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://goo.gl/vTpjk (and/or http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock)

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE (paperbacks)

and http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

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“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

Golden Dawn Publishing

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“You are the artist painting the masterpiece that is your life (which can be).”

December 31, 2014

Originally posted on Craig's Quotes : Just Sharing Some Thoughts:

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“You are the artist painting the masterpiece that is your life (which can be).”
- c (as inspired by the words of Novak Djokovic)
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
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