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    • Alex
    • 14.08.10 | 21:33 (IDT)

    What Ms. Atwood, and you as well, are failing to mention is the deeply entrenched special interests of various governments and military organizations in the region who want the conflict with Israel to continue because without it, they run the risk of empowering moderate thinkers within their country and thus losing political esteem. Take Bashar al-Assad of Syria, for example -- even if his country were to re-gain the Golan Heights, to think that this would then entail harmonious relations and a newfound era of coexistence represents the most basic and utterly primitive understanding of political theory. Israel and its Arab neighbors are all guilty when it comes to privatized nationalistic interests. Sure, they talk about "peace", and yes in many ways Israel should make the first move (such as freezing settlements forever), but let's get real here: this geopolitical issue is not so black and white as to say they all just want peace and love. For all of these governments -- Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iran -- what they want more than anything is POWER. The best way to hang onto power? CONFLICT. Sad but too true.

    from the article: Mideast peace needs prophets, not yes-men
    First published 16:10 14.08.10 | Last updated 16:10 14.08.10
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