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Is it possible to build peace? If so, what strategy do you think is needed?

Liberal constitutionalism in peace-building operations is the main pattern followed by the United Nations and Governments involved in the process. They try to build a political system and then, when the political institutions are set up, they start to act in a sense that could help people in post-conflict society. To do so, they develop an economic market that creates even more inequalities in those societies. Liberal constitutionalism is based on the idea that an stable and democratic political system linked with a free market would bring peace. In fact, arguments are that democracies are rarely willing to commit themselves into war and countries that are involved into financial and economic exchanges would not be ready to go to war against each other.
Is it possible according to you to postpone the building of the state institutions and to promote at first social policy? Would it help bringing peace to a country? Why?

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  • May 4 2011: I think its takes some time. The problem is the mind of the people. For example democracy should NOT be in a country, where the people are not ready for it.

    Examples:
    1. As I am German I have to bring the third Reich into account. It was only possible, because after the first world war, the allied forces tried to establish a democracy where the people couldn't handle it. The people didn't know how important their own opinion is. Only after the second world war they saw what they have done.
    2. China is also not yet ready for democracy. Maybe the 0.0001% of the population that lives in a huge city and studied in a western country. But not the 3 billion (!) people living either in poverty and off the cities!

    On the other hand: you see the many, many countries in northern Africa and the Near East that are ready for a democracy (but their leaders are not!) and they will arrive there one day in the near future. These days you cannot trick the people like Hitler did for example, because Information spreads amazing fast and as much uncontrollable.
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      May 4 2011: Robin RENO 1."Only after the second world war they saw what they have done"..could you say more,, I think you are in fact pointing to something that is still true as barriers to world peace. I ahve never understood how the third reich could have come to power, stayed in power so long, what that didn;t "offend " the wolrd's sensibilities. To what extent do you think tat tghe wolrd wide popularity of eugenics at the time is what allowed the Third Reich to grow andflurish without raising alarm? And do you think the interiority of the thrird reich..it's strong reliance on national identity of not looking beyond national borders for any information created the isolatin you point to in saying they didn't know wht they had done until after the war.

      If you could say a bit more on this I think it would launch this conversation into some very deep considerations of what impedes world peace and what might make world peace possible.

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