John Cronin

The complete idiot’s guide to Middle East peace (part9)

Vandals deface Arab-owned cars in East Jerusalem | The Times of Israel

On the face of it, this was a minor incident, one involving no loss of life or limb; just another tiresome, regular occurrence, symptomatic of the larger picture. There was nothing exceptional about it, nuisance value for the most part and likely soon to be entirely forgotten by the media. The police are investigating and so what more is there to say?

And yet, in microcosm, this tells us the whole story.

Two sides locked in endless conflict, each one blind to the destruction they cause and the misery they inflict. Compulsions buried deep within minds set like flint against those of other tribal backgrounds become so overpowering that they force their way to the surface and then proceed to wreck havoc all around.

And the response to this is what? The police are investigating, time will tell, it will all come right in the end.

No, it won’t. It hasn’t done so in every one of the last 66 years. What then could make anyone think that the next 66 will be any different?

This – and only this. – ‘for those of us with better things to do.’

Unless, of course, other and vastly superior intellects, born of long study and constant interaction with the subject, can produce anything of equal stature, comprehensive remedy or permanent resolution.

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