As the Earth becomes a more consistently peaceful place to live we ought give some thought to what our military can transition to in competence to bridge the gap between harm limitation and exploratory inspiration. Management of the peace left in our stead or our wake is one potential.
Tactical Peacekeeping is my phrase for a system of psychological awareness in creation of unique context manipulations of aggressive environments risking return to chaos, or smaller regional conflicts, that can be surrounded by the tactics. By setting up a graph of a society’s environment trends, individual perspective flexibility and structural perspectives on action it remains only to start at the top and bottom of these facets and pinch the society – briefly – in the middle with a reasonable struggle requiring only civilian authority to manage calm. Then ease the push from the bottom back to the “zero” edge and exit the circumstance while leaving behind support and gifted outcomes that match the steps and achievements of meaningful repair to the population.
In the example below, the perspectives of a society which are relevant to a context of progress and most susceptible to the harm of war are shown.
If a Tactical Peacekeeping force takes a position to stabilize (or penalize) this society they now have a more effective alternative to fighting or enforcement – shared, meaningful struggle with a path and the means to rise above it.
- Consider the personality facets of a nation, region or conflict zone. Determine the milestones of progress from chaos or war to civilian modes of struggle. What are the symbols indicative of those milestones? What are the associated practical improvements and tangible achievements in civilian society? What added responsibilities and honors are adopted by people on such a path to better living? Keep these complementary lists handy.
- Devise a military theatric of sights, sounds and tumbles of chaos to surround the troubled area, if possible. Keep such a distance that no one is hurt yet close enough to administer an emotional toll to potential fighters through remembrance of war and peer pressure of the civilians among them anticipating the same. Cycle the theatric to give the audience time to consider it. Along the lines of your milestones list, decrease the emotional toll towards a more civilian feel of struggle in deliberate steps recognizable to those who consider them in the society.
- Augment this theatric with propaganda and non-lethal force at a distance to change the tone of war to mere struggle. Propaganda that includes an historical timeline of the diminishment of their struggle serves dual use as a step-by-step chart to understand for those who may otherwise suffer PTSD if they are merely placed within an outcome of peaceful civility rather than walk it themselves in their minds holding hands with their emotional healing and the certainty of role models – real or made for illustration of the points – placed along the steps to peace. Creation of the heroes of the peace in advance of the warring factions creating heroes of the fight makes a better narrative for history.
- Simultaneous with this movement away from chaos is the need to raise the floor temporarily. Consider the humble beginnings of the United States colonies. Pioneers were aware of each other’s perspective on struggle as they sought to keep the wild environment behind a fence they had rushed to build. Or the cold air out with the fireplace of their cabins. Needs were understood and instinctive. By removing the opportunity for challenges and distracting conflicts while raising the floor up to mid-struggle level the society being surrounded becomes “pinched” into a potential to share perspectives similar to the colonial pioneers in America. All victims of war are likely suffering from single-mindedness and reactivity. Determining a “struggle project” for them to work on and providing the means to achieving success – including the tangible items such as building materials, heavy equipment, printing presses, etc – is the final act in this step.
- Back your military involvement out, if reasonable, once the means and the steps are understood.
Here’s an example struggle project:
A village decimated by war has lost its infrastructure completely. It’s the last holdout of rebel fighters. What rebels need to feel whole is a cause. What more noble cause than to be involved with the rebuilding of a society akin to the re-founding of a nation. It’s an opportunity to lay down their weapons and write their place in national history when they lead the use of the means your military has left behind to quickly re-build government and justice facilities to support policing, school buildings, water distribution locations, communications an transportation. These are meaningful reasons to expel many more military personnel with advanced degrees in civil engineering and psychology as they architect unique struggle projects to fit areas of hopelessness in need.
In this example, once the struggle to repair infrastructure is concluded and the lower barrier to challenges is removed the society will have the steps in mind and the renewed faith built on achievement it needs to continue toward prosperity alone. The shared perspective achieved in the struggle project creates a moment of awareness crossing divides of ethnic or ideological misunderstanding. A meaningful attempt fully competent to lay the groundwork for future miracles to occur when dreamt.
It’s important to note that forcible placement of a war-torn populace into a successful mindset without understandings of the steps to get there from a chaotic circumstance can backfire into post-traumatic stress if the change is held and resentment or further hopelessness if it is taken away. In either case the success is not achieved if it is not achieved in the minds of the people involved. The pride of rebuilding a homeland or one’s birthplace is a strong motivation for rebellions to move on from fighting in agreement.
A break in the tempo of relentless intimidation with a symphony of sounds from the human condition was a wonderful attempt by the Russian Military Orchestra and the Red Army Choir in Syria. They achieved an inspiration more potent than a bomb. The wailing sounds of misery find their role model in the violin as they learn once again to ascend from their depths. Perhaps another, more smooth stairway out of Hell we will add to our arsenals of peacekeeping around the world.