chapter  5
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Can groups forgive?

In his recent book, No Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Tutu points to the forgiveness and reconciliation characteristic of South Africa’s Truth Commission process, claiming that in such forgiveness lies the clue to resolving bitter political conflicts.1 Describing his encounters with Jews and Germans, Rwandan Tutsis and Hutus, white and African Americans, and Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland,Tutu argues that forgiveness is a powerful third way between revenge and forgetting.