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Is Reconciliation Something We Should Advocate?

A number of people who have been hunted, tortured, or left orphaned, question whether reconciliation is possible. Some of the victims maintain that reconciliation is "another form of torture."

Meanwhile, some offenders, it seems, view being forgiven as their right. 

In "Living with the Enemy," Susie Linfeld writes,
What becomes clear—especially in the remarkable trilogy of books on post-genocide Rwanda by the French journalist Jean Hatzfeld—is that forgiveness and reconciliation are of far less interest to the victims than they are to perpetrators. Indeed, the perpetrators speak of forgiveness with an outrageously obtuse sense of ease and entitlement. In Hatzfeld’s 2003 book, Machete Season, a killer named Jean-Baptiste Murangira assures the author, “I am certain of being forgiven, because I confessed… Forgiveness will help us to forget together.” A convict named Adalbert Munzigura explains, “It will take time, and the effort will be hard, but this forgiveness is necessary.” And Ignace Rukiramacumu confidently asserts, “I know in the opposite situation, I would manage to forgive my offender,” then threatens, “If I am not pardoned, I will keep the attitude of an offender.”
Regarding Rwanda, even with the amazing work that's been going on, there is a lot of work left to do with regards to healing those broken by crime.


Comments:

You guys are the experts
On restorative justice. From the snippet here, that doesn't get mentioned, or it seems glossed over.

I think that's the big piece that most overlook when discussing "forgiveness."