In our era of massive militarisation of our societies we have to look far to realise that processes of demilitarisation are in fact at work amongst our industries of death.
Demilitarisation is the diminution within society of the role of personel and aparatus kept for its potential to kill others. Many social processes contribute to demilitarisation, although each currently coexists with massive phenomena serving militarism :
Members of most social groups are entirely out of touch with the true feelings, the true distress their group has caused others, while they are acutely aware of others' "wrongdoing", a situation that greatly impairs demilitarisation. In some areas this situation has just started to be challenged in the form of awareness of the historical abuse of children, women and ethnic minorities. Awareness of the gravity and endurance of each social group's own crimes is still quite a rare - though existent - phenomenon.
The above processes - from a fair economics to the develoment of effective,
non-violent struggle - can empower us as peoples not to depend on the military
and not to yield to demands of "allies" and "enemies" alike. First and
foremost however we need a deeply alternative, deeply human understanding
of badness, of wrong-doing in our world. We need to open up all our usual
attributions and explanatory theories, including those that we all share
in the progressive Left. I ask you to work hard to really understand all
those who stand opposite us, who stand against us, as fully human.