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If we take a look back at human history, we will come to a very sad conclusion: war has always been part of it. As a matter of fact, some of the most interesting courses that we will take at school have to do with great battles and wars. The emphasis that has been given to these events make us believe that since it has been our reality so far, it must be the only way. Nonetheless, there is always a better way: peace. War cannot beat the concept of peace under any circumstance, as part of our evolution, humans should be working hard in order to leave wars and violence in the past. Great efforts have been made in order to change the way our society thinks about war and the general perception we used to have about it. There is a very interesting quote that says that violence is more often used by those who cannot think their way out of any given situation. If we take a close look to that phrase, we can conclude that by being able to reason in order to get to a solution, violence should not be used.

Concepts such as non-violent resistance belie the notion of fighting with fire. Non-violent does not mean complacent though, and it entails a lot more than just not contributing to the problem, but also being a part of the solution. The objectives of non-violent action can accomplished through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, and other methods, as long as they do not incorporate violence. Famous practitioners of this peaceful types of protest include Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, Indian politician Mohandas Ghandi, and African American activist Martin Luther King, Jr. And who could forget the iconic “Tank Man”, the anonymous rebel that stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. His silent yet powerful statement is proof of what one man can do without resorting to physical force. There is no denying that these men have left an indelible mark in the history of mankind, proving that a peaceful resolution to a violent conflict is not out of the question. Recently, United States president Barack Obama recently said that peaceful protests similar to those that took place in Egypt, should also be allowed in Iran. Freedom of expression should indeed be supported all over the world, especially when it aims to put an end to armed conflicts and unfair regimes.

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