webwench - 11/6/2004 5:44 PM
From a more practical (ok, cynical) standpoint, I'd say that there is nothing we can do that would broker a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Far too much bad blood there, and not just over a simple territorial dispute. In fact, it seems to me the more we interfere, the more difficult and protracted the situation becomes, and the more instability we foster in the middle east.
Usually, the only way disputes of these types are resolved is through war -- someone has to pound the hell out of someone else. If we back out, this will happen, and the conflict will be resolved. Resolved violently and with bloodshed, definitely, but it is my belief that this violence and bloodshed will occur eventually, it's just a matter of how long it will be before it happens. And the longer it festers, the more die in the meantime, and the worse the eventual beatdown will be.
And this concludes my very cynical and probably offensive argument for noninterference with this conflict.
I have to agree with this. While it is pretty sad, the situation has deteriorated to a point where a big war is the only likely solution. I think one side would need to completely exterminate the other to ensure peace between the two, or at least get rid of the people who are really passionate, keeping the ones who wouldn't mind a regime change. If one side doesn't succeed, the other side will keep disturbing the peace through terrorism, which is not very productive. I think the US should deal with problems at home before they waste money elsewhere with somebody else's war. One could argue that it is related to the US because the US gave the Isrealis that land after WW2, but the US needs to stop babysitting them eventually, to avoid further hatred coming from the Palestinians.