Excellent thread with two related thoughts linked.
Firstly about the 'Pen', surrender of Japan marked the end of World War II, it's no surprise that a signature 'penned' on the dotted line on 2nd September 1945 ended the great war. Similar there are many events in history and day to day life where in time and again "Pen is mightier than the sword" turns out to be true.
The power of a few words or pages written by a knowledgeable and well-balanced mind in any confrontation almost always has a better chance of success with either side still left standing although their egos may be bruised a little. One just needs to look around, there are countries supporting terrorism to settle an issue but when it affects their own country, an olive branch is extended to us. Look at the sad loss of precious lives of children and common people in any conflict, be it Kashmir or middle east, I'm sure a dialogue process may take time but at least unnecessary killings can be avoided.
Secondly, the appropriate use of the pen. When one maintains a high level of integrity and fairness in portraying a sensitive issue (religion, politics, border skirmishes), its impact is constructive). However, if the same issue is presented in a biased way by an author, then readers will be mislead ending in minor issues or loss of peace and property. Take for instance a public servant or a doctor being accused of committing a gross error in judgment. Even before the true facts can be ascertained, the individuals standing in society is tarnished due to trial by media. It doesn't matter later on as even if the alleged victim is innocent, he or she cannot have a meaningful return to work. The sense of fair-play is vital for the media, writers and publishers because of the enormous responsibility bestowed on them as they are accountable for the good and bad happenings based on what they pen (written or televised news) down on a particular issue.
Maybe we should add an asterisk -PEN* IS MIGHTER THAN THE SWORD* ( * relevance depends on the intent of the person wielding it).