The complete idiot’s guide to MidEast peace (part26)


“The issue now is whether the parties can demonstrate that they are willing to make the difficult decisions necessary to move the process forward,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Kerry focuses blame for impasse in talks on Israel | The Times of Israel

But can the parties here even begin to make those very ‘difficult decisions’?

Can the underlying reality of the situation be really changed or modified if it remains so deeply embedded within the consciousness of all those still having to live and deal with the problem on a day-by-day basis?

A reality like this might be effectively removed but ONLY by eclipsing it with another, one overshadowing it to an extent far in excess of anything else and in possession of a power and potency than the original could never even hope to match.

The film ‘Independence Day’ comes to mind at this point. This was where that all-too-familiar plot line of Aliens from Outer Space invading Planet Earth is invoked and remodelled for what, by now, must be the umpteenth variation on the original story by H.G.Wells.

Suddenly, all national and international rivalries and disputes are abandoned and forgotten as worldwide survival instincts kick in and everyone pulls together in fighting off the ‘visitors’ by whatever means come to hand. The fact that this turns out to be a rather nasty computer virus speaks much to the times in which we lived back then.

And still do, it seems.

So, can such a virus be made available today, some equivalent that might see off these ‘Monsters from the Id,’ all those dark denizens of minds warped way beyond endurance by decades of conflict and indoctrination?

As a matter of fact, there is one. And it might have much the same effect but be of significantly more constructive content than that served up by the Jeff Goldblum character in the movie. – ‘for those of us with better things to do.’

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