Friday, January 16, 2009

On Gaza and the conflict

Quoting the Economist print edition (8 Jan 09):

WITH luck, the destructive two-week battle between Israel and Hamas may soon draw to an end. But how long before the century-long war between Arabs and Jews in Palestine follows suit? It is hard to believe that this will happen any time soon.
There is little debate that the 100 year war will still be continuing for a long while ahead. I have to admit it's somewhat disheartening reading the BBC Gaza news and commentary - about the lives lost and the prospects of Gaza going forward.

I think it's time for people to stop adopting staunch positions and reflect on their attitudes and the consequences those attitudes have. I echo the sentiments in the Gaza Haiku verse completely - debating on who is right and who is wrong will lead us into another few decades of getting nowhere. A progressive move towards a lasting peace requires maturity and understanding from both sides.

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