Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL's Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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In Powerful Peace, J. Robert DuBois takes on a crucial, unprecedented mission for a U.S. Navy SEAL: the relentless pursuit of interpersonal and international peacemaking. With gut wrenching candor and surprising moments of comedy, he narrates a personal journey through decades of conflict, its often-absurd origins, its ever-present innocent victims, and its potential solutions. Most importantly, Robert delivers practical recommendations for private citizens and policy makers alike. He offers rare context for students of international relations, community leaders, and soldiers bound for unfamiliar lands. Powerful Peace is the unvarnished ground truth on face-to-face engagements worldwide. Robert DuBois demonstrates that prevention of hostile intent is far more necessary to genuine security than the race for tactical or technological superiority. Whether countering Soviets, terrorists, insurgents or improvised explosive devices, he observes and reports on the fundamental similarities behind hatreds. Ignorance and misunderstanding poison human potential. Dignity and respect are powerful antidotes. Powerful Peace is the fascinating story of human beings-in war and peace and school and work and play-learning to better understand others to avoid unnecessary conflict and enrich the world. Seasoned by professional experience in more than thirty countries, Robert has plainly "been there, done that"…yet his insightful conclusions on fighting may surprise you.

Author Biography

J. Robert Dubois is an unconventional security advisor and retired U.S. Navy SEAL. He speaks Russian proficiently, Turkish conversationally, and Arabic poorly.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xix
A Personal Letter to Veterans and Recruitsp. xxii
Author's Notep. xxiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Introduction Surreal… and so realp. xxvii
Bodyp. 1
Hate September 11, 2001p. 3
Harm Blowing up babyp. 9
Loss Everybody losesp. 12
Smart power Smarter, not harder.p. 16
Restraint Cause a pausep. 21
Alternatives I won't make my wife a prostitutep. 26
Self-interest Simple needsp. 31
Dignity The ugly Americanp. 36
Respect Guarding killers at Abu Ghraib prisonp. 40
Grievance Terrorism is only a toolp. 43
Resilience Thank you, Mr. bin Ladenp. 47
Accountability Pop Quiz: Do we make our misfortune?p. 50
Mindp. 55
Balance Kissing and killingp. 57
Context 1 On Rashidsp. 60
Context 2 On rapesp. 62
Context 3 On men of Godp. 64
Context 4 Inside out and upside downp. 66
Conscious bigotry A big T for tolerancep. 69
Unconscious bigotry Fed poisonp. 72
Pride Don't be a roadblockp. 77
Arrogance The six blind wise men and the elephantp. 80
Ignorance When complexion killsp. 84
Understanding Cultural blindnessp. 87
Change "A tremendous responsibility to humanity".p. 91
Heartp. 95
Commonality We laugh and cry in the same languagep. 97
Comfort Peace of mindp. 101
Compassion It's the children, stupidp. 104
Empathy Look through his eyesp. 108
Community The Baghdad Zoop. 112
Family Heart is where the home isp. 115
Duty War heroes on warp. 118
Sacrifice How precious?p. 122
Crisis Unity through tragedyp. 125
Duality Andp. 129
Exclusion Are you with us or against us?p. 132
Inclusion Colonsp. 136
Soulp. 141
Tolerance In defense of faithp. 143
Holy war I'm sorry for what we've done to ourselvesp. 147
Camaraderie Surrounded by armed Turks!p. 151
Appreciation Creditp. 155
Mindfulness Words as handsp. 158
Humanity Fighting fighting.p. 162
Action Entering Indonesiap. 166
Paradox War is goodp. 170
Opportunity Civil affairsp. 177
Possibility Tomorrow in our handsp. 180
Proactivity Co-create your worldp. 183
Commitment Leaving Iraqp. 186
Conclusion Hopep. 191
About the Authorp. 199
List of terms and abbreviationsp. 201
Resourcesp. 203
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