This weekend I read most of this Guide to the Middle East Conflict. I bumped into the book at the Book Mobile (which rocks...and is the temp replacement for my library which is undergoing construction).
It was a pretty revealing look into how divided the area is. I probably got this to a certain extent, but the reading brought it home for me. One extraordinarily difficult thing about the Middle East is that the source of so much of the conflict has religion and nationalism at its heart.
I'm certain of this:
- Force of ANY kind will not solve it.
- Diplomatic negotiation of ANY kind will not solve it.
- Reparations or economic restitution of ANY kind will solve it.
The only thing that can solve it is love and compassion. An earnest admission on all sides that they have all been hurt and listening to each other without judgment.
In a semi-interesting side note, the Middle East is the birthplace of 3 of the world's major religions and also happens to be the place where the first system of law was implemented. Hmmm, anyone know things that are more divisive than religion and the law???