You Cannot make Peace with a Sword

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You cannot make peace with a sword
You cannot make peace with guns
You cannot make peace with bombs and drones
you cannot make peace with a wall
You cannot make peace with nuclear arsenals
You cannot make peace with secret deals
Between a weaker party and a stronger
You cannot make peace with a treaty
Written in the blood of innocents.
 

The  peace that is kept by lies and coercion
Is not peace, but a festering wound.
The peace that is kept by spying and torture
Is not peace but a rape.
The peace that is kept with guns and bombs
Is not peace, but the swoon of a slow haemorrhage.
The peace that is kept with a wall of separation,
Is not peace but suffocation
As we drown in a pool of tears.
The peace that is kept
By a balance of nuclear warheads
Is not peace, but the catatonia of fear.

To make peace, we must bring a new thing into the world.
We shall find peace by adherence to truth
We shall find peace by open dialogue
We shall find peace by soul force
We shall find peace when we are ready to die for her
But not to kill
We shall find peace
When we desire the happiness of others
As much as our own
We shall find peace
Beating our swords into plowshares.
 
 

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