Ban Ki-moon weighs long-term humanitarian ceasefire | The Times of Israel  ‘UN chief has plan based on Egyptian ceasefire, but for now, few are on board’

The only things long-term about this contest seem to be its own in-built, survival mechanism and the need to call ceasefires every now and then so that the process of killing does not run totally out of control. Apart from these, nothing else appears constant or stable enough to make any plans for the future; certainly there is no bright tomorrow about to crest the horizon and little likelihood that every day thereafter will be much of an improvement on previous ones.

Time then to throw out conventional and outmoded concepts of conflict management and resolve to overcome all problems by means other than those currently employed.

Now this could as long-term as the conflict itself.

And, with a little luck, considerably longer.

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