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OP Ed:


Aug 2004

When looking at the landscape of violence, you find many American cities are extremely violent compared with their Eastern counterparts. Tokyo in particular has an outstanding record for low violence. When a terror event happens, as in the subways, the police run down the terrorists and bring them to justice. But terror, itself, is not typical of Tokyo nor is it an expression of Japanese history.

Some Cultures are Peaceful: Why?

  • World Capitals: Tokyo, has a murder rate only 5% of that in Washington DC.
  • Nations: Violent crime in Norway or Portugal is 15-20 times less than that in America.
  • Cities: Honolulu or El Paso are 15-20 times safer than Baltimore, Detroit or Washington DC. (FBI statistics.)

Given these facts, how did nurture create such differences?

  • Some societies evolved, learned more and applied more of what they learned than others mired in dogma.
  • Some safe cities naturally developed homogeneous populations.
  • Other safe cities have worked to achieve significant levels of integration in governance with consequent less conflict.
  • All three? This is what we presently think.
Updated 25 June 2007

Finding our way in perilous times must begin with tough questions, end with equally hard-nosed answers. Ashutosh Varshney, Associate Professor at University of Michigan single-handedly made a wonderful start.

His singular finding was:

Ethnic integration in all facets of society is the key to harmony.
The world's largest urban area is also the most peaceful.

Kuhara observes that religious integration seems to be one reason why the world's largest urban area is the most peaceful. It is in fact more than that.
July 2002

Toxic elements and substances have always been around. Their common use came into being with the industrial revolution.
In researching the causes of terrorism, numerous questions arise that seem to have no immediate answer. They are collected here toward finding answers (where none exist publicly), better answers, or new answers in a different vein.

A favorite tactic of the Panzer Divisions of WWII, pincers that can surround and trap entire armies. Early in the war Hitler rolled over Western Europe, putting army after army in a vise. Later in the East at Stalingrad, the Soviets replied in kind. Hitler's generals saw the danger develop, but, in his egomania, Hitler ordered them to stand fast, never mind that his plans for the East had already come to naught. He hastened his own demise.

And so it is today. Only the context, players and issues differ.
Actions that can be taken to begin an effective campaign to reduce terror are synopsized. They amount to a societal reformation.
Ashutosh Varshney, "Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life," illustrates that ethnic integration at all levels provides positive results.

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05 apr '16 Terror In America
31 Dec '14 Ferguson
06 Oct '14 What's On Tap?
31 Aug '14 The Hidden History of Zionism
30 Jun '14 Empire America [BLOWBACK]
12 May '14 Skepticism 101
29 Apr '14 Infinitesimal
26 Feb '14 Milgram / Zimbardo Confirmed Again
31 Jan '14 Brain Washing

Well, yes and no. Recent research draws a new, finer distinction in the area of dominance these folks occupy. And it is welcome. The distinction that counts, at the most basic level of definition, is whether they are violent, on what basis do they care for others. The violent or abusive kinds often end up in prison, wards of the state. The non-violent psychopath is another sort. Many populate the ranks of power—CEOs, politicians, military officers and the like. Many behave in moral ways, but too many do not, and they are the danger. That distinction and its ramifications are the subjects of this page.
Updated 04 Apr 2010

For a quick overview of our research see: Peace Via Nature's Way.

Roots of Terror Briefly and Some Avenues Now Apparent

This project illuminates some very human ills that we and our children face. From what we now know, questions posed have or can find answers. It is that simple yet that complex in implementation, for no culture on earth has the ready answers, only partial ones.
Probably, but a blip in the road is now evident. The timeless comment by Toqueville comes to mind:

"Democratic republics [are] liable to perish from the misuse of their power, ...not by impotence."
Research, begun on 12 Sept 2001, has been a work in progress ever since. Outlook for peace all over the world looks dim any time soon. But there is reason for hope in the longer term:

How to handle this built-in genetic conflict is the challenge of our times. Societies that accent the nurture side of of the equation while inhibiting our aggressive-animal nature become more peaceful thereby. What follows summarizes the basic violent side while outlining some avenues that appear to be useful.
Research Through Mar 2008

Roots of Terror Briefly and Some Avenues toward Peace Now Apparent

Reading recorded history is a heavy trip. Through all of it, terrorism, wars, and genocide recur again and again. Like rows of dominoes, each event seems to trigger further events.
From outlaw to peaceful leader among nations.
From Kamakazi to international respect.
From utter defeat to a peaceful and great economic power.
How did it happen? What was the mix?

It is becoming more and more obvious, that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man, himself, that is mankind's greatest danger. Carl Jung
Core Ideas

The full statement below the bar contains five core ideas. Simply stated, these ideas are:

1. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that we have inherited a tendency to make war from our animal ancestors."
2. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that war or any other violent behaviour is genetically programmed into our human nature."
3. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that in the course of human evolution there has been a selection for aggressive behaviour more than for other kinds of behaviour."
4. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that humans have a 'violent brain'."
5. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that war is caused by 'instinct' or any single motivation."

Editor's comment:

It is our considered opinion that at least five genes (or complexes of genes which interact) establish the temperament we are each born with. That temperament in our early lives is impacted by events that create our adult personalities. So in a sense, while biology enables war, it is wrong to say that biology alone causes it. Environment is also important. How else can we explain the relative murder rates between El Paso, Honolulu, and Tokyo on the one hand to the murder rates for Baltimore, Detroit, and Washington DC? Moreover, the social barriers between peaceful and violent existence is egg-shell thin. Witness the Stanford Experiment, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo? Toss in the various genocides of history--they too are examples of otherwise good people losing perspective and reverting to "animal behavior" -- the potential for which we are all born with.

Updated 8 Mar 2009

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world,
and that is an idea whose time has come."
Victor Hugo

Karen Armstrong offers a map for the road ahead:
Revised Dec 2005

Terror has always embraced multiple spheres, religious, secular, economic and special interests. Jihad movements of recent history have sent religious terrorism to historic highs. Al Qa'ida and especially 9/11, have provided a blueprint that bodes ill for humanity. That blueprint was responsible for the Casablanca, Madrid, and London attacks among others. These were the works of locally inspired and organized cells. There was no wide-area network, only private communications.
Updated 23 Jan 2010, Sept 2013, 12 Oct 2015

Perceived Rates of Violence are Apparently Associated with Religion when driven by psycho-sociopathic personalities. The religious involvement is not new to us. It is a fact of history most of us would deny from our conscience. See for example: Religious Tolerance for a list of atrocities from 1450 CE to 1903. Violence arises from other causes as well and some are discussed on this reference.

If Humanity does not change, it will destroy itself.
H G Wells
Nine Steps Toward Integration
Updated 07 Apr 2008

On this website you can find procedures for how people, tribes, and nations can improve relationships with one another. And you can find avenues, some already paved, toward peace.
Sorting out the truth about terror

Nothing is more valuable than critical thinking. All it takes is an open receptive mind; experience helps.
On this page we ask selected questions from the media, our visitors, and from our own sources. We hope they are thought provoking.
Updated 23 July 2009

Roots of Terror Briefly and Some Avenues Now Apparent

Reading recorded history is a heavy trip. Through all of it, terrorism, wars, and genocide surface again \ again. These repeat themselves in an endless ebb and flow of charades. Like complex rows of dominoes, each event triggers further events, becoming ever more intense with time. What is it about humanity that it never learns from history?

For a quick peek at what might be done see: Peace Via Nature's Way
Updated 11 Feb 2007

This project is beginning to illuminate the basic human ills that we and our children face. If it looks like it will take generations to banish terror from earth, that is all the more reason why we need to get on with it.

"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures." John F. Kennedy

Fifty years on we could not agree more.
Op Ed from our nation's archives:
Also known as the Malaise Speech.

Reverberations from the past sometimes come from unexpected sources. An administration overshadowed by the Reagan years, nevertheless had some things right, among them energy and the mood of America. History has come full circle on these very issues, thanks to two failed wars and numerous oil "fat cats." Jimmy Carter left a legacy unique among his contemporaries:

"How clean a smell he left behind!"
Population Characteristics and the Sigma Tool For Change
Harry Rosenberg
Aug, Oct 2004

Discussion of definitive features with an eye on the war on terrorism

The word radical, whether noun or verb, usually refers to the extreme wings of the familiar bell curve. In politics, the far Left is just as radical as the far Right, for example. Extremes in any endeavor--be it religion, industry management, social system, or plain old politics, are rarely best for the societies within which they are embedded.

Something must be done or Mother Nature will do iti for us. We destroy wantonly because, collectively, we do not understand nature nor do we understand ourselves.

Why else would humanity be traveling a course of self destruction?

Finding our way is so important that we hope that you research it for yourself and assist us with your findings.

Updated 13 May 2008, 14 Sept 2010.

There are multiple reasons for optimism, even in these dire times. Like a pendulum, history swings this way and that, and back to where it started, but always moving forward in technology in spite of resistance from the extremists, be they economic, political, or religious.