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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Eye for an eye is never the solution!

With the armed conflict escalating once again in the Middle East, it makes me wonder when will this ever come into an end?

To be honest, I'm not much of an expert in the history of Middle East conflicts, but it sickens me to the utmost degree whenever I hear or read about the ongoing conflicts. Like many of you, I also like to speculate what would end this prolonged, inhumane, and catastrophic crisis. It is in my opinion, and that of many others, that an eye for an eye is never the solution! This method of conflict solving is what has been played out since the inauguration of the State of Israel. What has it gotten us this far? It has only served to pit nation against nation in a perpetual cycle of bloody confrontations, with devastating loss of lives, broken dreams, shattered families, and a deepening of hate. What we need at least to mitigate the current conflict is to let the inhabitants of Middle East realise what the future holds for them, their children and love ones if the bloodshed is to let lose and continue without bound. It is a bleak future and one which has no end in sight.

What we need is a drastic change in the ways of thinking for the leaders, one which would alter their best-adopted strategy of retaliation, assasination and total destruction. Instead of an eye for an eye, a strategy which always resulted in bloodshed and the loss of lives, they should accept each other's differences and move on. Since Israel is clearly on the top of the food chain, Palestine and other Arab states, including Iran, should realize the losing battle, accept their losses and move on. What they should do is to educate their young, further the intellectual development of their countrymen so they would one day be able to stand against this formidable tyranny. When that day comes they would proceed, with utmost precaution, the show of force, in the forms of international trade, development of superior technologies and human resources, which would out compete and stifle Israeli counterparts. This would be the ultimate form of revenge and retaliation over the sacrifice of their people under the oppressing regime.

On the other hand, what Israel should do is accept its neighbor as is and treat them as actual human beings, provide them with food, shelter, water and work. It's utlimate goal should be to provide the Palestinian refugees with a sense of hope, security, and fulfillment. Only through a sense of hope could the existence of extremist ideology amongst the Palestinians be reduced. Mutual understanding is a must to rebuild the long lost relationship between rival nations. Israel should also look at this as an investment of the potential tens of thousands of would-be consumers, buying necessities from Israel which could lead to a potentially boost on the economical wellbeing of the entire nation. Don't think that the Palestinians would never buy necessities made from Israel, people often do amazing things when situation became desparate. If you look from an economical point of view, Israel's current stance would only result in a continuing deterioration of its economic control and viable returns over the entire region.

I know my spectulation is far-fetched, simple minded, naive, ridiculous and improbable to succeed, but eventually it will come to a time where this would be the only solution!

2 comments:

Kat said...

Your answers are not naive etc...they take time, and apparently noone has any time or patience even though-when it really comes down to it- time is all we have. Wars are 'quick fixes' with devastating effects. Think of a personal rage...how satisfying it is to let er rip and throw a few things. But in the end it leaves us and them broken. A waste of time, energy and money. Problem not solved. I agree with your solutions...too bad noone has the patience to execute them.

speed_demon said...

I'm glad you agree with my proposal. However, what we've to realise is there're many possible humane solutions for the ongoing Middle East crisis and what we need to do is to spread the word, let our friends, the friends of our friends and relatives know.

We need to let Mr. Harper acknowledge the crisis that's happening overseas and see if he could intervene or persuade our "neighbor" down south to at least rein the destruction in Lebanon.