A Debate: “IT’S TIME TO END THE WAR ON TERROR” EDITED FOR WNET

A Debate: “IT’S TIME TO END THE WAR ON TERROR EDITED FOR WNET”

I think the world is getting it wrong in regard to designing strategies to annihilate terrorism. We are too emotional, too subjective, too resentful and too vengeful. I can’t blame anyone, how can I? The nature of this phenomenon is very sophisticated and multifaceted to begin with. I think government officials, policy makers, military strategists etc. need to take more civilian negotiators, mediators and peacebuilders on board to help the counterterrorism efforts. It has been a while since the debate was held; but still relevant. Enjoy and would love to see your reflection

Merid

“Days after 9/11, President Bush declared a War on Terror that would “not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.” Is America in a state of perpetual war, or has the threat of terrorism justified its position as the organizing principle behind our foreign policy? In 10 years we’ve been in 2 wars, witnessed the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden–is it finally time to end the War on Terror?”

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About Merid Desta

I am a very passionate and mature African-Ethiopian researcher/ peacebuilder/ manager/ leader/ who have been doing a research on peace and conflict in the horn of Africa. I have learned that both my under- and post-graduate studies need to be topped up with formal studies of theories and praxis of peace, conflict, justice, identity, nationalism, ethnicity, religion and other related theories. All the trusts, institutes, faith-based and other secular organisations in which I was involved in leadership, mobilising and training capacities, were committed to addressing all aspects of individuals and communities’ life. Being an advocate for all human beings to be released from their spiritual, physical, social, mental and economic poverty, with a view to enabling them to become fulfilled and responsible human beings who live up to the standard of their best capacity, was at the core of all my work and the people and teams whose ministry I led. I have been involved in interfaith; interethnic; intercultural and interdenominational peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management work in the capital. My family’s life has always been sacrificial. We have committed our lives and are preparing for more commitments to work initially among a few communities and regions in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan/ South Sudan and the surrounding regions. These nations of Eastern Africa have often been under enormous threats and incidents of civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, genocide etc.

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