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Sent to:  America - National Catholic Review

Date:  3-25-16

Thank you for this deep and thoughtful article.  The world does seem to be holding its breath, together, seeking some sense of comfort, safety, and a way forward to build peace, as far distant as that may seem.  The work to "convert the hearts" of our neighbors is something that we can participate in - as well as pray for.   There is room for a much deeper dedication at the national and international level to addressing the roots of inter-ethnic terror with positive, proven  methods.
For many of us, this situation is still too rife with grief to contemplate proactive solutions to address the roots of such horror.  But there are actions that can be taken, when we are ready.
There is currently a bill in the US Congress – S.2551 – the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, that would strengthen the US’ best early-prevention and protection peacebuilding practices.  These are tried and true methods, via the Atrocities Prevention Board and the Complex Crises Fund,  that have reduced mass violence in various countries throughout Africa and Latin America – using highly engaged, culturally sensitive multi-stakeholder dialogues.   We can prevent violence by connecting, learning about each others' needs and feelings, and working out solutions together. I implore all readers, when you are ready, to contact your Members of Congress and urge passage of this fundamental bill - to help us all cooperate in the conversion of hearts which must come about.  Warm wishes to all.

Daniel Kahn

National Field Director, The Peace Alliance

Washington, DC

www.peacealliance.org

Sent to:  The Guardian

Date:  3-25-16

To the Editors,

 

I read Thursday’s article, “The men in the top floor flat who sowed terror in Brussels,” and I felt sadness and chagrin.  One more post-mortem that will leave us more scared and sad and confused about our neighbors at home and around the world.  I, for one, am hungry – nay, ravenous – for a much deeper dedication at the national and international level to addressing the roots of inter-ethnic terror with positive, proven  methods.

There is currently a bill in the US Congress – S.2551 – the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, that would strengthen the US’ best early-prevention and protection peacebuilding practices.  These are tried and true methods, via the Atrocities Prevention Board and the Complex Crises Fund,  that have reduced mass violence in various countries throughout Africa and Latin America – using highly engaged, culturally sensitive multi-stakeholder dialogues.  It is true!  We can prevent violence by using our words!  I urge all US legislators to get behind this key bill, and to keep building on what works – so we don’t have to read about the grotesque last days of suicide bombers ever again.  

 

Dan Kahn

National Field Director, The Peace Alliance

Washington, DC

www.peacealliance.org

Sent to: Washington Post

Date: 3-21-2016

To the Editors:

I had to pause and give a full reading to your March 21st article – “Trump questions need for NATO, outlines noninterventionist foreign policy.” A shrinking military footprint is a tantalizing prospect, which I am thrilled to see getting airtime in this election season, especially from the public figure with what may be the biggest podium of all time.

But some interventions should really not get “thrown out with the bathwater.” A bill currently in the Senate – with bi-partisan support including co-sponsorship by the Republican Chairman of the Intelligence Committee – would solidify our ability to stop genocide and atrocities abroad using our best proven practices in prevention and protection. The Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.2551) at 18 pages is a succinct marvel - solidifying and modestly expanding the foundations of our best international peacebuilding practices.

GAPA will probably be too small to be picked up on the presidential election radar, but our Senators and House Members deserve to hear from us about it – cultivating an intervention strategy this country should nurture for a safer and more secure future for us all.

Dan Kahn

National Field Director, The Peace Alliance

 

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