There is a bit of breathing-space which has been allotted for Palestinians to go back to their homes to see what can be salvaged, and the Israeli's more moderate response so far has been one tank shell for one errant rocket sent in their direction. Well done Israel, I say.
There could be a golden opportunity for Israel and Palestine to set an example of coexistence in the face of the shocking uprise of ISIS brutality, but when you consider how long it took for the British government to talk to the IRA, this will be a long way down the line.
Mo Mowlam was sacked for referring to one IRA chief as 'Babe' in a telephone conversation during the hard-fought peace-process, and even now there is a tension on the quiet streets of Belfast which could erupt into sectarian violence on any night of this hot Summer.
The reason why Nelson Mandela was so loved and respected is entirely because of the almost incredible success of the 'peace and reconciliation' process that he and many others put into law. It most certainly did not ignore history, but it must have saved the lives of hundreds - maybe thousands - of people, after that massive general election put the ANC into government.
Most of these disputes which - on the surface - involve seemingly irreconcilable cultural differences are, in fact, more to do with territory and the unthinking way it has been carved-up and allotted to factions who previously lived side by side in harmony for thousands of years, and it didn't help that the carvers usually lived in a different land, washing their hands of a situation that became too complicated for them to bother to sort it out properly in the first place.
None of these 'peace-processes' will ever be 100% effective right from the start, but they do make it possible for reasonable negotiations to be heard over the noise of gunfire, and if an undignified climb-down or compromise saves the life of only one child, then isn't that worth all the territory in the world?
I can't think of any human being who would sacrifice their child for the sake of a few square miles of farm land.
My Saviour - I came home from lunch out (not a rare occasion as I am sure you know) to discover Derek, my gardener, here and knee deep in weeds and grass cuttings. I ...
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