War is Evidence of a Breakdown in Communication
We will have to move beyond war at some point. War is a childish way to attempt to solve problems. We as a race of human beings need to grow up.
War is evidence of a breakdown in dialog and communication. Parties that go to war are generally not communicating apart from on a very superficial level. People are inherently good. There is no city like Sodom or Gomorrah where the general populace is considered bad.
Therefore a war of aggression against Afghanistan may not have solved anything in the long run. Even if the people are made happier as an end result of the wars which is suspect rationalizing in my opinion, allowing human beings to die for no reason is a horrible way to go about it.
Then in the recent wars we have a trend of collective punishment. There were outcries about civilian casualties in all of the recent wars including the latest in Israel. And since this is the most recent war I chose to focus on this one largely.
Pertaining to Gaza, Israel needs to negotiate a cease fire through dialog and make the fighters in Gaza stop sending the rockets over, but without killing the people who are responsible for doing this. There are many people brave enough, many Israelis brave enough I am sure to travel to Gaza and to deal, in business relations, with Hamas and the people of Gaza in a way that benefits the people of Gaza. Oppressing the entire populace does no good for the people for they are unhappy and unhealthy.
Israel’s government makes the assumption that Hamas is a terrorist organization but Hamas is responsible for many activities apart from terrorism. Labeling a government organization and sanctioning it in this instance does no good because it creates a situation of misery from which nobody gains. Even if somehow it makes Israel safer, how could it make them feel good to see a dejected people who are suffering.
Here is an example of possible dialog for example. I wonder, if a survey was taken, how many people in Gaza would accept Israel remaining as a state within it’s borders and under what conditions if any? Do Gazan’s feel that since Israel has taken a large share of quality land that perhaps Israel should compensate the Gazan’s for the use of it since they laid claim to it with international backing in 1948? I feel like this would be a good short term solution to the problems at hand actually.
Israel actually did do something like this in collecting taxes for humanitarian assistance to Palestine but according to Council on Foreign Relations, May 19, 2006 in an interview conducted by Nathan Brown, that’s been cut off as well. Anyways far more is needed than what has been done in the past in my opinion.
There is too little dialog and too much heavy-handedness on the part of Israel. There is perhaps also not enough involvement from the international community. We as a people need to envision and implement a new way to handle our problems that does not involve indiscriminate bombing of groups of people. Bombing and war has been the accepted way to handle problems for people since time forgotten however it is very silly and there has to be a better way. We should not believe our leaders when they tell us otherwise.