A Choice between Pen, Sword – and Lever

With the immensity and number of problems currently vexing various regions of the Middle East, it might be assumed that nothing short of Armageddon itself could ever quieten down so much tumult and affray.

Indeed, just how to move and motivate any of these situations towards some peaceful conclusion has long tasked the minds and patience of leaders, institutions and individuals alike. But, if a definitive end to at least one of them can be brought about, there may then be some hope left for all the others.

‘Give me but a firm place upon which to stand and a lever long enough, and I shall move the world.’

Even such a famous statement, propounded by none other than Archimedes of Syracuse himself, can have only the most abstract connection with reality. But what if the reverse could be considered a much more viable proposition and steps taken to put it into practise?

Could the whole world really create enough leverage to ‘move’ certain places upon it?


It would be most instructive to see how such a technique would fare in reality. Some serious entertainment value might also be derived from it.

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Engineer, Virgo - now retired having worked 30 years in the field of medical diagnostic imaging for a major German multinational. Based in UK .