Give peace a chance

The geography of chaos in the Middle East, La Monde

I just realised that I would LOVE the opportunity NOT to post any political stuff or even think about politics. Ever. Or at least for a reasonable period of time.

Bahrain, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Syria etc are bloody tiring.

When will the day come when we can forget about strife and concentrate on living, actually living our lives rather than surviving from one conflict or war to another? At 52, I’ve lived through five major wars in the region and countless other conflicts. It’s time that we gave peace a chance don’t you think?

With peace we can prosper. We can concentrate on being creative and productive rather than storing and shoring up hatred for the other. Hate’s energy is debilitating and corrosive. It saps all creativity and productiveness from the soul and leaves one empty. And we’ve been at this state for over a century. Isn’t it time to force our politicians to create peace rather than continue to feed war? Don’t we have the courage to get that realised?

I’m fed up. Really fed up of these situations. I know it’s going to be extremely difficult for me, but I’ll try, at least for a little while, to ignore strife and concentrate on living.

I shall seek peace within myself. Starting now.

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  1. Steve Gregg

    Mahmood, the Arab Muslim world is hopeless. Iraq is the proof of that. When given the chance to start over again as a modern democracy, the Arabs followed their worst instincts and reverted to tribalism. They were more interested in pursuing their hatred than building a future. The Kurds, by contrast, built a real government and unshackled themselves from the moribund Arab Iraq at the first chance. The Arabs are hopeless, handicapped by culture and religion.

    1. Post

      It’s hard to argue against your premise seeing the various conflicts in the region, and the absence of a genuine effort to resolve them. I was reading an article in the Independent this morning which supports this view and clearly shows how major powers in the region see it in their vested interest that this should continue.

      The article is entitled “Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country | World View: A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany” and is available at

  2. Shachar

    Here’s something to chew on. I’ve heard this, and did not (and have no idea how to) verified this, but still, something to ponder:

    The 20th century has seen two holocausts (the Armenian and the Nazies), at least one other large scale genocide (Bosnia, and probably others I cannot think of right now), two world wars killing millions (1 million dead during the first day of world war one, over 42 million dead during world war 2 not including the 13 million or so murdered by the Nazies), and countless smaller wars.

    The 20th century was the least bloody century in human history (I think this is in relation to the size of the population). In other words, this is how progress looks like.


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