CRITIQUE OF MID-EAST MADNESS AND POSIT FOR A PRAGMATIC END GAME
A CANDID VIEW OF THE FOLLY OF NATIONS AND PEOPLE GIVES A VISION
TO PUT THE MADNESS OF FIVE DECADES OF VIOLENCE INTO THE DUSTBIN
Difficult even with a will and an open mind, impossible surely
for some extreme ideologies, try to consider some admittedly
limited observations, analysis, and suggestions here below that
likely could lead to a comprehensive "end game" and follow
through to create a strong enduring basis for peace, friendship,
and security between the Israeli and Palestinian people and most
of the Arab States, as well as the world community of nations.
The reality of the exercise of power and interaction of nation
states, suggests elite group interest, ego and personal spirit,
motivates action in a complex of individual initiatives, with
representations of motives, beliefs, history, tradition, economic
and social theory, so called "values", authority, and a plethora
of slogans, myths, demonology, calls to patriotism , racial or
national identity, and other "spin", offered to different venues
to solicit acceptance, or co-op dissent
The public in general (the "street") throughout much of history
has been seduced, intimidated or otherwise convinced to accept a
compliant supporting role to the machinations and interest of the
controlling elite - royalty, aristocracy, baronial class,
oligarch, junta, theological elite, military- industrial cabal,
financial elite, and political class (however they achieve and
Rarely does the humanistic spirit of a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson
Mandela survive attainment of power, though most "leaders" in
the power structure, try to project a vision of overall societal
value and "good" as they pursue their individual or elite agenda.
Now in "the information age" the beliefs, vision, understanding,
and support of "the street" (and reaction or "blowback"), as
well as interaction of other elite venues on the world stage
creates a challenge for governments usually addressed by limited
disclosure, secrecy, censorship, half truths, dissembling
rhetoric, deceit, spin, controls of the media, etc.
In this environment it's likely difficult for any leader to be
fully knowledgeable to discern reality of history, events, and
the "play of the game" , and it becomes difficult for "leaders"
to reverse course, or to know how each venue reacts to action or
spin directed to or for benefit of some other constituency.
It appears that many "leaders" come to believe the myths and spin
they create and close their minds to the realities of the world,
the changing beliefs and experiences of the people, and nations,
and reactions likely or possible to policies proposed or
As we elect to critique the policies, concepts, ideologies, the
public, and private aims, strategy and motives, knowledge, wisdom
or folly of any particular venues, a conflict of personal bias,
historical perspective and priorities of values enters the game.
With this "short" introduction now let's consider the following.