Re: Toward Mideast Peace
Religion holds the minds and even souls of many of its followers as much as political ideology does.
In America we are witnessing the perversion of the Christian faith by political oppurtunists and entrenched racist elements through the conservative memebers of the Republican party and of assorted fundamentalist Christian organizations. The hold that Republican partisanship and American Christianity has on its membership is a heels dug in mentality that is resolved in its aloof and lofty aims. It is formidable and short of aging and dying off, it's here to stay for some generations. Regrettably the spiritual irony is that these followers may indeed have lost their souls as well, because of these not so God like elements.
Peace is ellusive in the middle east because both sides of the argument demonstrate similar roots of generational and partisan entrenchment; that have centuries of formenting.
True peace will only come when a succession of generations on both sides grow up free of the heritage, cultural, and religous bias instilled naturally presently. A not so natural effort, on both sides; must be implemented on multiple generations that breaks from the binds that are their history.
An organized, premeditated endeavor to purify the centuries of human failures and subsequent hystrionics must be manipulated on a population of both Jewish and Muslim children.
Both sides of this debate are too tainted, too humanly bittered. The adults involved presently are too impacted by their ancestors and their experiences to sutiably formulate a trusting conclusion and attain a sustainable response from their equally battered constituencies.
The answer to peace in the middle east is for parents on both sides to free the minds and open the hearts of their children and teach them to do the same to their children's children and so on. We need to cleanse the generations, prevent was comes natural.