Fortunes of war

‘If we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis, if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel, there will be an increasing campaign of delegitimization of Israel that’s been taking place on an international basis,” he (Kerry) warned.     Times of Israel: Nov 29, 2013


To prevail in battle, the contest should be adapted so that it always becomes your fight and not that of the enemy.





The Spartans at Thermopylae, 480 BCE

The French at Hastings, 1066

The English at Agincourt, 1415

The Germans in France, 1940

The Japanese at Pearl Harbour, 1941

The Russians at Kursk, 1943

The Allied landings in Normandy, 1944

North Vietnamese at Saigon, 1975

The Americans invading Iraq, 2003

And all those other guys, in a variety of places and at different eras throughout recorded history.


And the real enemy in every one of these battles is, as ever, mankind’s very own instinctive nature. This is the source that leads to the creation of so many problems in the first place. Only by drawing upon unexpected reserves of imagination and sheer guile can so powerful a foe ever be vanquished. And yet the fortunes of war are often decided by fate alone. But why leave such matters to chance if destiny commands that we rise above and rule whatever compulsions and fears still remain within us?

The Israeli-Palestinian struggle has been ongoing for far too long.

65+ years should have been quite enough time to figure out some way of reducing it to much more manageable proportions. Ending the matter -and in some style – might then be made a whole lot easier for everyone.

And yet the prospect of this happening seems no nearer today than it has been at any point in the past.

This makes sure it becomes OUR fight  – and it stays that way until we are ready to finish with it once and for all.

‘I know this one thing – that peace dances in the heart of every human being and if we want peace, it has to begin with us, not somebody else.’

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