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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Peace is for the willing

The next cartoon by Daryl Cagle, Slate.com from February 9, 2005 focuses on George W Bush's role in the middle east peace process.

I have chosen to comment on the idea of external involvement rather than America's role only. It is very hopeful that so many countries and organsiations want peace in the middle east and are willing to try and help. Aside from the fact that many of the "concerned" parties are only involved for their own political agendas or for the appearance of caring, there is something very imprtant to bear in mind.......

.....we can not force peace on people that do not want it. So to speak to the cartoon, even if there were an unlimited number of quivers with an infinite number of arrows there is only so much that can be done externally. Peace is ultimately for the willing and only the willing. Perhaps more world efforts should be focused on addressing the root problems, attitudes and misconceptions than rather trying to force the leaders into agreements that the people are not prepared to accept.

2 Comments:

Blogger Aquila ka Hecate said...

This is just how I see it, but:

Mankind has not evolved to be a peaceable animal.

We've been bred to be the meanest, most violent, and bloodthirsty animal on the planet.

Of course, this had it's place when we were primarily concerned with the propogation of our genes/memes across the available land-and making as much of that land available for that purpose, even if it meant wholesale slaughter of the tribe next door.

Marc, this is about the survival of ideologies-of course it's going to be a bloodbath.

Only the fact(?) that we've evolved mentally a little bit has stopped it being a nuclear wipeout long ago.

I don't think much of us, do I?

Terri

2:10 PM  
Blogger Marc K said...

You certainly don't! The scary thing is that people like these terrorists help fuel your opinion on the matter! I think it lies with the minority (at least in terms of malevolence) but unfortunately so it seems so does the power base! The rest are mostly just guilty of ignorance.

12:39 AM  

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