Peace is the presence of Justice! Your response!!

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Peace is not the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice said Dr ML King and that is so true! The world must realize this basic truth otherwise, without justice there is no peace, whether in the USA or anywhere else. This is truth to power! Do you agree? Please respond and let's have intellectual discussions!! What are your thoughts? speak!!!

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Comment by Ajao Israel Babatunde on November 24, 2019 at 5:32pm

The the above remarks by Martin Luther reveals that peace and justice are essential component for mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence within a society and the inextricable link between peace and justice. It is the opinion of this writer that peace and justice are mutually reinforcing imperatives. 

It is pertinent to state that peace has also been viewed from different perspectives. A popular definition of peace is the absence of war. This perspective views peace from the narrow perspective of war but then, peace entails more than just the absence of war. Jawaharlal Nehru perceived peace as a state of mind. To him, peace is not a relationship of nations, but a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. It is not only the absence of war but a state of mind. This is true when compared with the Yoruba notions of peace, alaafia which is believed to the physical well-being of an individual and the society as a whole. 

Several scholars, analysts and jurists just like Martin Luther King have understood the linkage between peace and justice. Johnson conceptualized peace into three categories: (i) peace as a world without war: (ii) peace as a world of justice; and (iii) peace as a world order. Peace as a world of justice would entail that justice deters abuses and can help make peace sustainable by addressing grievances non-violently just like the civil rights movement which sought to address racial inequality, oppression of black people through non-violent means. 

In addition, the Nuremberg Declaration on peace and justice asserted that peace and justice if properly pursued promote and sustain one another. The question can never be whether to pursue peace or justice but rather when and how. Similarly, the 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate, Dennis Mukwege on the DR Congo conflict reiterated that there is no lasting peace without justice. Yet justice is non-negotiable. These statements affirm the inextricable links between peace and justice. 

In conclusion, Martin Luther in his Nobel Peace Prize Speech reiterated the importance of justice in combating racial inequality and for the civil rights movements that promoted brotherhood and peace. 

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