In peace negotiations, the main obstacles to success in any such venture must invariably be those of hatred and fear.

And, of the two, the most difficult to combat is always that of fear.

Hatred can be reasoned with, worn down, shown to be invalid and not necessarily to the advantage of whosoever might manifest that emotion; it can create enemies where none had existed previously and give pause to allies who may be of much less volatile temperament.

Fear, on the other hand, feeds upon itself, cannot be easily won over by argument or logic. Instead, it builds and builds, blocking out the use of rational thought and denying access to every avenue of suitable remedy.

Thus the elimination of this component must be of primary concern in any peace initiative, the current US-brokered one between Palestinians and Israelis being very much an all too obvious example.

But how to achieve this?

The counterbalance to fear is trust, a commodity chiefly denoted by its rarity or, more often, its complete absence in matters Middle Eastern. Then its arrival in sufficient quantity to address a situation almost totally devoid of it, would seem to demand a degree of wish fulfillment bordering on the very edges of fantasy itself.

When a vessel has lost all means of forward propulsion, it may then be time to explore what other ways can be used to keep it heading onward, no matter how bizarre or fantastic these might first appear to be.

Fantasy? This is an actual technique in use today and it claims to improve speed, save fuel and reduce carbon emissions by significant amounts.

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Maybe this could also speed up certain slow moving ships of state, save countless lives and bring many other benefits to this battered old world.

There are always possibilities