Mockery and disparagement are key steps in creating an enemy, and setting on a path toward war. But recognizing those early steps and questioning them can diminish hostilities before they escalate.
If there is a way to get past the widespread drive to find and attack an enemy, suggests Sonoma writer Sam Keen, it lies in examining and questioning the logic and the reasons for that characterization, and seriously seeking to understand what might be motivating the other party in that incipient conflict.
In the mid-1980s, when Keen was writing Faces of the Enemy, Iran was the dominant "threat" to America in the Middle East, a role into which it is again being cast now. Keen will address that cyclical pattern in a presentation he's titled, "Iran: The Making of An Enemy."
Keen will offer his talk at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 in the Sonoma Community Center.The event is sponsored by the Praxis Peace Institute.