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  • by essuu (3384) on 2003.05.20 18:22 (#20316) Journal

    It's a sad fact that violence breeds violence and the only way out of the situation is to break the cycle. That is hard to do in ways we in the more peaceful parts of the world can't even begin to imagine.

    I'm lucky enough to be working on a project with a client directly involved in trying to resolve conflict through non-violent means. These people are immensely dedicated, risking their lives to prevent others dying. You mentioned some of them in your piece & it's a privilege to be working with them.

    The only way out of this is through understanding and reconciliation but the hurt and pain goes back so far that it will not happen in a few weeks or months, it will take years, generations even before peace is established. I recommend Philip Greenspun's article [] for a pretty well balanced history of the region.

    By all means criticise the parties involved but please remember that this only really serves to further inflame the paranoia and hatred. Instead, try to understand why they, and the Palestinians, feel that they have to resort to such violent means.