Thursday, September 16, 2010

Have you seen this Headline Before?

Newspapers are again showing headlines like "Leaders Call for Peace as Mideast Talks Begin" (headline, New York Times, Sept. 2)

Well to save yourself money, instead of buying a current newspaper, pick up any paper from 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, or 2007.

You’ll see the same headlines, same issues being discussed, same hysterical “This is our last window of opportunity for peace”, same unrealistic demands, and same probable outcome: increase in violence.

Maybe we should take a break from peace talks for a while and let the violence subside.


Garnel Ironheart said...

There is a bigger point to this. The peace process is all about the process since a successful conclusion is impossible.
Israel wants a set of secure, internationally (that includes the Arab League and Iran) recognized borders and an end to Arab claims on its territory.
The Arabs will never give that.
The Arabs want Israel within insecure borders that remain open to future negotiations because they will still claim all of Israel's land.
Israel will never give them that.
The alternative, to admit there's no point begs the question: well then, why not war? But neither side really wants war (right now).
So the process gives the illusion that both sides care about peace to justify why they aren't engaging in war.

Michael Sedley said...

I think that your right,

Your theory about Peace Talks continuing indefinately as the best option for both Israel and the Palestinians makes sense.