Food For Thought: What Is Peace?

It was one of those nights when my uni-inspired insomnia took over my common sense to go to sleep at 1 A.M., thus forcing me to watch a movie just to create a drowsy effect (it helps in a darkened room a'la a cinematic feel). I happened to catch an old anime classic, Patlabor 2: The Movie. Just Google or Wiki the sypnosis or plot, all I can say it's an excellent anime that is intellectually stimulating. Then again I'm a sucker for those, especially how I loved watching Ghost In A Shell. The one scene that stood out for me personally was between Arakawa and Goto, and the former's brutal deconstruction of the term "peace':

Arakawa:
What are you, the police officer, and I, the JSDF officer, trying to
defend? It's been half a century since the last war. Neither you nor I
have experienced a war. Peace... Peace is what we are supposed to
defend.

But what is the peace of this city, this nation?

The all-out war and the defeat. The US occupation policy. The Cold
War under the nuclear umbrella and the puppet wars. And civil wars
that still go on in many nations of the world. Ethnic clash.
Military conflict. Blood-drenched economical prosperity created
and sustained by those countless wars. That's what's behind our peace.
Peace created by an indiscriminate fear of war. An unjust peace that
is maintained by having the wars elsewhere, but we keep denying
ourselves this truth.


Goto:
No matter how phony the peace may be, it's our job to defend it.
No matter how unjust it may be, it's better than a just war.

Arakawa:
I understand how you hate "just wars". Whoever said that word was
never half decent. History is filled with people who fell from grace
believing in that.

But you know only too well that there isn't much of a difference
between a just war and an unjust peace. Ever since the word "Peace"
became the excuse of the liars, we lost our faith in peace. Just as
war creates peace, peace also creates war. A make-belief peace that's
merely the period between two wars will eventually give way to a real
war.

Have you ever thought about that? While receiving the benefits of war,
they're hiding the truth behind the TV screen. Forgetting that they're
merely at the rear of the battle front. Or rather pretending to forget
about it. Such deceit will be punished sooner or later.

Goto:
Punished? By whom? God?

Arakawa:
In this town, everyone's more or less God. Seeing everything without
being there. To have knowledge of everything without having physical
contact. God does nothing. If God doesn't do it, the people will. We'll
find out if we can't catch him.