The complete idiot’s guide to Mideast peace – part 138




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Palestinians gather around a car that was targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on June 27, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ MOHAMMED ABED)

A rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a factory in the industrial zone of the southern Israeli city of Sderot, causing it to catch on fire, Saturday evening, June 28, 2014. The fire led to further explosions inside the factory. (Photo credit: Edit Israel/Flash90)

Two very graphic illustrations that contrast the levels of sophistication and pinpoint accuracy in weaponry now being used by Israelis and Palestinians alike.

And yet who is to say which is the more effective?

The surgical strike or the full-on, randomly discharged barrage?

Either one, it seems, must instill its own type of fear and produce results that serve only to stoke the furnace of a battle that has raged across the Middle East for the greater part of 66 years and more. While peace now languishes on the sidelines, not daring to enter the fray until hostilities are much reduced, both in number and intensity, warfare has a field day, grabbing all the headlines and further establishing itself as the go-to condition, that instinctive response taken by each of the contenders in this apparently endless saga.

What if a peace processes could be conducted in much the same manner, taking upon itself many of the attributes normally reserved for out-and-out conflict? Would this then boost the ratings of this constantly failing enterprise, making it take pride of place where before it could only be seen as a weak alternative to that of its more dynamic counterpart? – ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’

If we are ever to find a way out of this persistently erupting crisis, peace may have to be waged just as aggressively and, perhaps, with even more deliberate menace and implacable resolve as that of war itself.





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