Sunday, August 14, 2011

Problem Solver

Going in line with the superhero thing posted yesterday, I’m often frustrated by the seemingly endless supply of global conflicts that seem immune to solution. As a hypothetical, if you had the magical ability to end one conflict, anywhere on the planet, which would you choose and why?

For me, I would probably choose the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because after sixty years, there have been no winners. Generations of Palestinians and Israelis have grown up in mutual cultures of hatred for the other. Palestinian moms have lost their children to suicide bombing missions and on again/off again war and peace cycles. Israelis have lost their children to war and suicide bombings. Meanwhile leaders on both sides of the conflict remain entrenched in their hard-line positions, unwilling to give an inch, while the violence and settlement building continue for another generation.

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