By Marie Breen Smyth
This booklet considers the matter of coping with the incomplete enterprise of a violent prior in societies relocating out of political violence. fact Commissions are more and more used to unearth the acts devoted through some of the protagonists and to recognize the agony in their sufferers. This ebook uniquely specializes in the stipulations which predispose – or hinder – embarkation on a fact restoration approach, and the reason for that procedure. there's, it argues, no magic second of ‘readiness’ for fact restoration: the stipulations are developed by means of political ‘willingness’ instead of spontaneously taking place. a lot of the literature on Northern Ireland’s earlier presents old analyses of the clash – Republican, country or Loyalist violence – and is usually (implicitly or explicitly) linked to one or different of the partisans within the clash. This publication makes a speciality of the dynamic among the protagonists and the way each one in their positions, consequently on fact restoration, mix to provide the general political established order in Northern eire. because the society struggles to maneuver ahead, Marie Breen Smyth considers even if the entrenched positions of a few, and the failure comprehend the perspectives of others, should be shifted via a societal revisiting and second look of the prior. fact restoration and Justice after clash arises from a decade’s writing and study with either sufferers and people just about the armed teams in Northern eire. it's also educated via the author’s paintings in South Africa, West Africa, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. it will likely be of significant curiosity to scholars and researchers in politics, diplomacy, peace reviews and legislations.
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Clearly, such protracted self-(mis)representation impacts on one’s personality, the ‘technology of the self’ including intimate relationships and identity. qxd 18/09/2007 9:45 PM Page 37 Organised and normalised lying 37 secrets of their true affiliations and motivations untold, even to those closest to them. Sanders (2006) raises the question of how and to what extent living entirely within such ‘organised lying’ and systematically relating to others through falsity ultimately compromises the individual’s ability to decipher truth from lies; fact from fiction.
Thus, the kind of truth that is enshrined in law and upheld by evidence and proof acquires a tarnish amongst those for whom the law is a tool used by a hostile state against them. The power to define truth lies with the powerful, and within such ‘suspect communities’ another truth, driven underground, often regarded as subversive, dangerous and unpatriotic, provides an alternative discourse. In the post-conflict period, this underground discourse must be heard, understood and integrated into the dominant account, if the perception and practice of law and the understanding of the truth are to move beyond the divisions of the past.
In this world, the conflict continues, whether in the minds of the victims, or in the external ‘real’ world matters not. The war may end, but it continues in the Clausewitzian sense, by other means. Thus, the continuing real or imagined conflict continues to shape and construct the discourse and fantasies about truth – truth is singular and desired, and imbued with enormous power to either heal or devastate. For those who persist in living in the real or imagined conflicted society, factual truth is rare, precious, devastating and rather unbelievable when it emerges.
Truth Recovery and Justice after conflict: Managing Violent Pasts (Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution) by Marie Breen Smyth