Friday, November 28, 2003

A story on NPR's Morning Edition has alerted me to the work of Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall and a whole new way of thinking....

These two men were responsible for the documentary, Bringing Down A Dictator. This documentary was shown on an independent television network in Georgia (funded by George Soros ("Georgia revolt carried mark of Soros", Globe and Mail, Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - Page A1) shortly before the country's 'velvet revolution.'

Non-violent tactics have focus of Peter Ackerman work for some time now. He's penned two books on the subject: Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century (1993) and the book companion to the documentary, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict.

Ackerman and Duval have suggested that non-violent tactics can and should be taught to (22/07/2003, The Christian Science Monitor) They also hold that such tactics have led to the demise of many corrupt and violent governments.

Instead of bombing Iraq, why didn't the world actively support non-violent opposition to Saddam Hussain instead?

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