Blogger zukunftsaugen recently shared his sentiments on the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hamas and the growing international sentiment to cease hostilities.
zukunftsaugen quickly points out that a cease fire is not necessarily peace:
Does it mean that the Israelis should stop shooting and the Hamas faction should stop their rocket firings? Is that peace?
And in a cease fire period, is it peace where one sides lives prosperously and the other side slowly wastes away in poverty?
I think that most people who are calling for a cease fire and peace really mean they do not want to see on their televisions or in their newspapers pictures of dead or dying children. They do not want to see pathetically equipped hospitals unable to provide 21st century care. They do not want to hear any more of suicide bombers or rocket firing extremists. They want somehow to put the lid back on the Middle East mess and just have it go away.
Interestingly, his sentiments are a perfect analogue to Arakawa of Patlabor 2 and just as valid:
And yet it seems to me that the line between a just war and a unjust peace is very faint indeed. If the just war is a lie, is the unjust peace less of a lie? We are told there is peace but we look around us and even if we cannot give it words our lives tell us we cannot believe what we are being told.
In the end every war gives way to peace so-called, and every so-called peace is the dormant seed of war.
So it’s only a matter of time, til the hard reality of war sweeps away our illusion that the absence of war is peace. So I ask you again, what are we working to protect?
We enjoy peace on our T.V. screens while just outside the camera shot the war is raging. We forget we’re just a camera angle behind the battlelines. No, we don’t forget–we quite simply refuse to remember.
The Israel – Hamas conflict is one with the oldest historical roots, and a conflict that will not simply go away with every premature call for ceasefire. Let’s see if we can plumb the depths of this conflict in future posts (although I already feel it’s gonna be a daunting task). zukunftsaugen already hinted at the complexity of the context of this conflict:
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a conflict between these two parties and also a surrogate for other neighboring countries to express their national interests. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and even Iraq all have a dog in this fight. If by magic, there could be an agreement with these countries and the US, the funding that supports the arm purchases could evaporate. The atmosphere would then be ripe for a full negotiation of all the issues supporting free Israel and free Palestinian states.