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The best means to achieve peace There are several means which peace can be achieved According to Niccolo Machiavelli The end justifies the means no matter the cruel means to achieve them 35 He believed that it is right to use cruel or violent means to attain peace His ideas are quite different from those of Martin Luther King who said The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek 198 King believed that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends198 I strongly agree with Kings ideas to seek nonviolent means to achieve peace Most people of the world want to go about their daily lives care for their families and work toward prosperity Violence brings instability destructions and poverty In Machiavellis time the world was in a great power struggle for territory Today the level of power supremacy is distinguished as first second and third world according to economic and military strength Violence does not help to maintain peace because it brings war therefore more violence the increase in dangerous weapons only makes the condition worse Kings idea of non-violence to achieve solutions to problem is the sure means to solve problems Americas war in Afghanistan following the events of September 11 has not resulted in establishing peace in the country It will require a combination of factors to bring in Afghanistan and the course of war is not one of them because it leads to loss of innocent lives The search for Osama bin laden and his henchmen is almost an obsession for America because no one knows what bin ladens terrorists are planning Such uncertainty creates anxiety panic and hysteria among Americans This condition is likely to open the way for increased violence and counter-violence It may even involve other countries not yet in the mix of Americas war against international terrorism
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