The complete idiot’s guide to Mideast peace – part 230

UN Gaza probe head says he’s not anti-Israel, will be impartial | The Times of Israel   ‘William Schabas, who called for Netanyahu to stand trial at ICC, says past comments won’t bias investigation’

Whatever the eventual verdict handed down by this UN Gaza probe, it’s safe to say that it won’t please everyone. And, as for those who might be pleased, what can a whole or partial vindication of their case really achieve?

Will the conflict end as a result? Is there some prospect that a favourable interpretation of one side’s actions over the other’s is going to radically and positively alter the attitudes or intentions of either?

In all probability, the principals themselves will welcome any praise for their conduct and reject adverse criticism as unjustified, biased and without foundation or credibility. For them to do otherwise would be an epoch-making moment in time, entry into a new and very strange world.

And yet a new and very strange world is just what’s needed if this entire matter is ever to be resolved. Anything less would not see justice done to all those who have had to endure so much throughout the long and bitter years of crisis and contention. And those who are doing so even now.  –  ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’

And what better thing could there be than the creation of a brave new world – but a world only for those brave and strong enough to make it so.

Strange New World

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