Sunday, June 04, 2006

'Hot Peace' and 'Sushi Muslims'

From Prince Hassan's speech at Brandeis University....

My question today is a simple one: "How Can We Live Together?" At a time when political and cultural conflicts threaten us like never before, with dangerous friction between religious communities and competition for resources, when we have witnessed horrific acts of indiscriminate violence, how do 7 billion souls reach a civilized consensus on cohabiting a world so abundant and yet so fragile? How can we ensure that Martin Luther King’s famous "I Have a Dream" does not turn into a nightmare in which billions are born into miserable lives of poverty, humiliation and retribution?


Now that we have moved from Cold War to "hot peace," we must understand each other like never before, and we cannot ignore beliefs that legitimise destructiveness. To deal with such beliefs, a multilayered approach is needed: military, political and cultural. So the challenge didn't end with the collapse of the Soviet Union; that's when it started.It is a question of finding an appropriate and justifiable response. You see, ladies and gentlemen, I am a Marxist — of the Groucho kind. Groucho Marx once said that "military intelligence is a contradiction in terms," and with no disrespect to anyone, we do have to think beyond solving our security issues militarily. To address conflict intelligently, we must identify the complex nature of the risks we face.


Ladies and gentlemen, it's a strange world we live in where we have conquered space and put a man on the moon, yet 35,000 people die of hunger every day.

Transcript of complete speech here


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