The War Hotel: Psychological Dynamics in Violent Conflict
by Arlene Audergon, Wiley Publishers 2005
It's human nature that is the fuel for violent conflict.We get inflamed and silenced - pulled apart in the name of justice and loyalty. Past traumas get turned into a replay. Even our love and longing to step beyond the ordinary world can make us sacrifice ourselves and others.
Manipulating emotions to create lies and disinformation is a weapon of war. Fears are worked up to demonize and dehumanize the enemy and to create the right atmosphere to seize power and suspend civil liberties.
As distressing as this is, there is something ultimately hopeful here:
If our human nature is the fuel, then our personal and collective awareness can shape world events.
Examples draw from the author's work in the Balkans, as well as the so-called 'war on terror', the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, South Africa, Communism and its fall in Europe, Nazi Germany, Vietnam and the USA's treatment of Native Americans and African Americans.
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