retaliation never "teaches a lesson" because the people
whose behavior you're trying to change aren't the ones who get hurt
by the retaliation.
Reagan bombed Libya to teach Muammar al- Qaddafi that he shouldn't
promote terrorism. A year later, a Pan Am plane crashed over Scotland.
Our government is convinced the crash was caused by Libyan terrorists
who apparently skipped school the day the retaliation lesson was
fact, I can't think of a single case in which our government retaliated
for terrorist acts and actually put a stop to them.
EAST SHOULD BE A LESSON TO US
eternal Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be a lesson that brute
force doesn't solve problems.
United Nations created Israel by force in 1947, arbitrarily dividing
an area in two -- one part to be a Jewish state, the other to be
an Arab state. By forcibly displacing people, the UN provoked festering
resentment and permanent conflict.
whatever should have been done at the time, what was done is now
a fait accompli and isn't likely to be changed. And most
of the people displaced by the mandate are no longer alive. You'd
think people in the Middle East today would prefer to forget how
Israel was created, accept the current situation, and get on with
their personal lives.
there always will be fanatics perpetuating resentments and calling
for forcible revenge. And so the Middle East remains a hotbed of
conflict -- and probably will remain so for decades to come. (Is
this what we want for America as well?)
all the money and military weapons the U.S. has poured into the
Middle East (to all sides), all the treaties U.S. Presidents have
brokered, and all the demands made by American foreign policy have
done nothing to bring peace to the region.
of the reason that no solution seems satisfying is that too many
people make the Middle East conflict a religious matter. And yet
religious considerations should produce peace, not conflict.