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Today, just after the thirteenth anniversary of the twin tower attacks, not much seems to have changed in the grand scheme of things. The US is still opposed and vilified by many of those who do not wish it well; Israel faces the same existential problems that have been around for decades and the world in general now has to contend with yet another variant of religious extremism called the ‘Islamic State.’

Well, it’s all a bit of a mess, isn’t it? And getting messier, it seems, day by day. But why should this always be the case?

Is it part of the natural order for such contention and disharmony to persist, sometimes for generations, growing ever stronger as time moves on and with very little indication of improvement or resolution?

And the only noticeable response to such situations appears to be that of occasional direct action through military and economic means. These are methods which have not served all that brilliantly in the recent past and are seen today as somewhat discredited in relation to their long-term success and viability.

Perhaps a far more subtle approach is called for, one in which the durability and adaptive qualities of the procedure can accommodate the many reservations that current practices seem to generate.

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