And so begins Year Three.
Anyway, I like how the majority of the world wants a ceasefire in Israel after they declared war on Lebanon/Hezbollah. Sure, a ceasefire would also call for Hezbollah to end its attacks on Israel, but ceasing hostilities now would end all pressure Israel has on the terrorists now. Besides, a ceasefire won’t do any good. Hezbollah will just start attacks again, and we’ll have the same scenario a few months (days?) later. The world should be smart enough to know that. My guess is they just don’t care.
Condoleeza Rice’s response was gold. She said something along the lines of,” We need a ceasefire that everyone can agree on, as soon as possible.” Simple, honest, and logical. Means we’ll get a longer-lasting peace. Most of the world, on the other hand, want a ceasefire now, regardless of the terms. That’s not very smart. Doing that would be no different than pulling two people, who are in a fight, away from each other. The fight may be over, but the bad blood between those two people remains. And if those two people really hate each other, than they’ll just fight again until the conflict is resolved.
So, I sat and thought about how easy it was for a peacemaker to praise their own virtues, yet call other people “war hawks”. Yet, people forget that most peace treaties haven’t accomplished much, unless military action proceeded them. Take all the times people have proposed peace plans for the Middle-East. Now, how many of them have worked? The only one I can think of is the 1978 Camp David Accords, and that result was only made possible after Israel defeated Egypt in two, consecutive wars (Six-Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973).
Of course, no one really learns from history. No one really learns from their past mistakes. Take the majority of the world’s stance on Israel’s “war” now. This ceasefire may stop the fighting for now, but Hezbollah will still exist and remain a formidable foe for years to come.
People can try and forget their past all they want, but unless they try to make a better future for themselves, they’re bound to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. The same goes for world leaders and history.
““Sic vis pacem, para bellum”. Latin. The boot camp sergeant made us recite it like a prayer. “If you want peace, prepare for war.”“