Non-violence and the Forum

To what has already been said about the richness of diversity I would add that personally I have been happily surprised to see the important place accorded to non-violent action. In the workshop I attended on civil society in Iraq, an Iraqi affirmed that he thought possible to put en end to the American domination by non violent means. There are only three weaknesses which I state knowing that I have only attended 12 out of 2300 events! First the word globalization was used in a very simplistic manner; second, the world, as it is, seems to me less bad than the world dreamt by some of the movements present here at the WSF would bring about; and finally, quite often rhetoric replaces argument; the WSF is useful to exchange information but not to elaborate new ideas. (From a longer communication by Christian Mellon SJ, France)