Thinking For The Individual

Formerly known as 'Thinking For The People', this site offers some reflections on the state of British society and her people from the perspective of a libertarian Conservative with a passionate belief in the pillars of freedom and responsibility.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Real Peace For Israel

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is one far too complex, difficult and sensitive to be glossed over in bland, mediocre statements. But, alas, that is all I can do.

Tony Blair is in that part of the world today in another push for peace. Of course, the kind of peace espoused by him and all the other leaders of the globe is the practical, glued-together kind which involves States and governments, but too often forgets real people. His kind of peace might involve redrawing the odd border, conceding a minor territory or the rights to one oilfield.

But real peace is the harmonious conclusion to a war, with all sides joining together in a promise of solidarity and accord. Real peace makes the enemy war, not people.

I am certain that the kind of peace we all crave for all the wars that plague this earth is the real peace, not the manufactured peace.

But can we make real peace in the Middle East? Firstly, we need to know whom we are dealing with.

The Israeli government has behaved horrendously in recent times. The attacks against Palestinian land and property as well as their pure determination to make daily life as difficult as it can be for the ethnic minority living under their auspices would have been condemned vehemently anywhere else.

Yet the Palestinian leadership’s inability to take any action, not least condemn terrorists claiming their cause as their own is dreadful. Yasser Arafat was a terrorist, and his death has been recognised as a point of hope for the whole peace process.

So, in short, we find ourselves with the government of one side behaving like terrorists, and the government of the other allowing others to be terrorists.

These are the people who are trying to make real peace: ‘the harmonious conclusion to a war, with all sides joining together in a promise of solidarity and accord’.

There is some room for hope in the Middle East. The fact that some kind of peace is the desired option is a good thing.

But real peace requires effort by both governments and both peoples. Real peace is what is needed. If real peace is bred from this war, it shall serve as a beacon to all people that real peace can be achieved. Real peace.

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