How can we have peace on earth?

Dr. Barkat Charania
By finding peace loving leaders like President Barack Obama
Leadership of the world:
All the mature leaders of different countries of the world have a large role to play in world peace. Their anger, displeasure or even misunderstanding may mean quarrel, war and even death of thousands of people as we can see from history.
We are fortunate to have Barack Obama as president of the US. He has always leaned heavily in favor of world peace. And his peace prone posture has also helped many other leaders of the world to be more onto peace agenda in past six years.
Nobel peace prize:
Barely a few months after being in office as president of the US, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced in October 2009 that president Barack Obama was nominated for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. In his acceptance speech in December, Obama discussed his idea of a “just war”. He acknowledged that, “Perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars”.
The Committee cited following as reason for their decision for choosing Obama for the prize:
Obama’s known policies and plans for promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and
Fostering a “new climate” in international relations especially in reaching out to the Muslim world in their announcement.
President Obama’s love for peace:
We can examine his past records and the records since he became the president in 2008. From these we can see that Obama was always more for peace than not. As a social worker, politician and president, we find that he was always fully soaked in peace and mediation. He thought, acted and talked about peace on every instance and he did not miss any occasion to promote and advance peace and avoid frictions, quarrels and wars. He did this despite the fact that some of his peace initiatives were not favorable to his presidency or his Democratic party. I have traced his peace initiatives, which are many. Here are a few examples from before and since he became president and his peace prescriptions:
2002: Obama, then a state senator from Illinois, said this in Chicago against the proposed Iraq war, “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war”.
2004: As member of the U.S. senate in 2004, Obama voted against the additional funding for expanding the Iraq war.
2008: As a candidate for presidency, Obama promised he would end our involvement in Iraq if he were elected.
2008: Obama spoke at Berlin before election and he was emphatic about peace, elimination of nuclear weapons and end of Unilateralism.
2009: Early on after taking office, he made it clear that he will not look backward to identify mistakes of past administration will look forward for prosperity and peace.
2009: In his speech at Cairo, dubbed as “A New Beginning” Obama strongly advocated
His leaning to peace,
His support for the creation of a Palestinian state
His opposition to Israeli settlements.
Obama also favored to engage in negotiations with Iran over nuclear issues.
2010: With the US proactive initiative, successful referendum in South Sudan was organized and a new country emerged with Juba as its capital, thus avoiding civil war.
2010: Obama overtly stopped being personally friendly with Benjamin Netanyahu. This was Obama’s reaction to BB’s continuing settlement activities in West Bank and this policy has been detrimental to a two state solution keeping the flash point alive in the Middle East
2010: US insisted to have Ouattara, the man who was elected to lead as president in Ivory Coast.
2011: Obama said after Libyan operation, “From Tripoli to Misurata to Benghazi — today, Libya is free”.
2012: With US help People of Tunisia had fair elections and Arab Spring started to show colors.
2012: Obama ended war in Iraq. Although recalling all troops was not popular or even a wise decision, he agreed to it to ensure that war has ended.
2012: He adamantly refused to send ground troops to avoid escalation into war into Syria, although he emphatically says that president Assad must go.
2013: At UN Security Council Obama said, “Peace is hard, but we know that it is possible. So, together, let us be resolved to see that it is defined by our hopes and not by our fears. Together, let us make peace, but a peace, most importantly, that will last”.
2014: All the indications are that he is now ending war in Afghanistan also.
2014: Despite starkly irritating activities of North Korea, Obama has showed restraints and not taken any action.
2015: The negotiations with Iran are progressing despite severe criticism from many from within and outside the US. It is expected to have a final agreement in June.
The records of Obama on peace initiatives clearly indicates following. It seems that:
He believes more in peace than war.
He believes more in discussion on table and reaching agreements.
He believes more in settlements by mutual negotiations
He believes more in mutual respect.
He believes more in equality among unequal.
He does not believe in offering another cheek if someone slaps on one, hence his doctrine of “Just war”.
I believe that Obama’s training as a constitutional lawyer has ingrained and deep-rooted into him the philosophies of Justice, Equality, Liberty and Peace and he follows his conscious about these basic needs of every human being.
I personally have no doubts in my mind that President Barack Obama will go into history as a peace-seeking leader of the world. His leadership has made a large difference to world peace, which could have been still mired in wars.
Many countries now have weapons of mass destruction at their disposal. Hence it is more important now than ever before to stay on top of our peace agenda.We should all stay in constant touch with our congressional leaders and demand that they should stay positive and optimistic about issues and work towards peace as the first and continuous option. It is believed by many of our wise ancestors that all differences can be resolved on table and not many can be solved by arguments and wars. And the history bears witness to such belief by offering many examples.
And peace does not mean an absence of war; it means a situation that is conducive to us all thinking that we all can be at peace. It is a frame of mind. Let us all proactively keep peace manifesto in our daily lives. Good luck to us all.

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