14. Challenges to War

2 Weeks. 14 Days. 336 Hours. 20,160 Minutes.

It’s been pretty violent here lately.  Assassinations, revolution, total war. The AP wants you to know that certain individuals bucked this trend and went the opposite way.

6.2 Global Conflicts & their Consequences

They break this into two distinct groups:


Picasso’s Guernica

Picasso painted his most famous work in response to the German and Italian bombings of Guernica, Spain during the Spanish Civil War. This massive painting 15'x25’ shows the destruction at the hands of the Nazis in Spain. While living in Nazi occupied territory years later, a German officer saw a photo of this painting and asked Picasso, “Did you do that?” Picasso replied, “No, you did.”

Thich Quang Duc’s Self Immolation:

Thich Quang Duc, pictured above protested the persecution of Buddhists in Vietnam by setting himself on fire on June 11, 1963. The photographer won the Pulitzer Prize and JFK said, “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.”


Both Martin Luther King, Jr in the US and Mohandas Gandhi in India used non-violence against seemingly insurmountable odds. Both of them achieved their goals by stressing non-violent resistance to oppression from the British or the White majority.  Both were later assassinated.

Posted on April 28, 2016 .