The Divorce of Peace and Justice

It’s so easy to miss the critically important issues when focusing on materialistic concerns.

From the Christian Science Monitor: Peace before justice in Darfur “The UN must suspend an indictment of Sudan’s leader if it will bring a peace settlement.”

From the Chicago Tribune: Peace vs. justice in Sudan “…all the chest-thumping about justice being the enemy of peace rings hollow in light of the sad truth, which is that the on-again, off-again peace process—currently off—hasn’t gotten anywhere.”

From the Ottawa Citizen: Justice vs. peace “The ICC…is caught in a collision course between peace and justice in four African countries where it is working on cases.”


I’ll stop trying to keep you from hurting me if you just say you’ll stop hurting me…


We know how much pain and suffering you’ve caused and we fear you greatly. We fear you so much we’re willing to not try to stop you if you’ll just sit down and talk.


See that poisonous snake ready to bite you again? Just forget about that and talk some sense into it !

If my loving mother hadn’t, in all justice, slapped my hand away from that stove, I wouldn’t have a hand that peacefully avoids dangerous heat.

Why not weigh in on this discussion? I’ll admit it’s not necessarily an easily solved issue and my analogies may be rather weak but, really, what do you think?


“Until the actions of humankind promote justice above the satisfaction of greed and readjusts the world’s economies accordingly, the gap between the rich and the poor will continue to widen, and the dream of sustainable economic growth, peace, and prosperity must remain elusive.”
Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Feb 12, Human Rights and Extreme Poverty

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4 thoughts on “The Divorce of Peace and Justice

  1. No, it’s not an easily solved issue … but I still firmly believe that, in the long run, there is no peace without justice.

    Maybe in the short run, we can get the snake to stop biting us long enough to sit down and give us some peace… for a while. But sooner or later, the snakebites will start to fester and the whole violent cycle starts again.

    Maybe we all need peace, justice, forgiveness, and reconciliation – in the short and the long run.

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