Glimmers of light in the darkness of conflict

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Bill Frilay

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So often, we are confronted with news of seemingly pointless and atrocious conflict. Over the last two years, we have had the Syrian civil war, and just within the last month the Nairobi shopping mall atrocity, and attacks on Christians in Pakistan and Nigeria. We have had the rise and seeming fall of the euphemistically named Arab Spring.  We have had continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Well, it’s nice not to be a Cassandra (or a Hanrahan) for a change, and note a few bits of good news, not necessarily world shattering, but at least offering some encouragement.

Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches, has drawn our attention to a very recent UN resolution which commits the Security Council to addressing the illicit transfer, destabilising accumulation, and misuse of small arms and weapons, and establishes practical steps to strengthen the council’s response. Act for Peace notes that this could be the start of a new era on international small arms control, noting in particular how the influx of small arms seem to have fuelled the conflict in places such as Syria.

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