OPINION

The Annapolis Peace Conference - Peace at Last?

November 24, 2007
Mike Ghouse

The Annapolis Peace Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, 2007. I do hope some one at the State department is willing to push the REFRESH button and start thinking about ideas that work. It takes courage and guts, and without it, nothing in the world would ever be achieved.

Mother Teresa said, "If you want peace, go talk with your enemies, you don't make peace with your friends." I do hope the State department brings people who can speak up the harsh truth. If they bring puppets and make decisions, failure is guaranteed.

All our efforts to place wedges between Abbas and Hamas shows the desperation and not the sincerity of our Administration to bring peace. These efforts will back fire and are a detriment to peace. Dividing the Palestinians for the short term gain will not cut it, it shows our inability to deal with the subject head on and our deviousness. On the one hand we are buying Abbas out with lots of money, and on the other we are letting people die without medicine, potable water and the very basics of life in Gaza. Is this injustice going keep any people apart? This injustice may bind the Palestinians stronger than ever before. We need to bring honesty and integrity to the conference. For God's sake let's be honest once and genuinely bring peace to the Israelis and Palestinians.

Although we hate Hamas, they need to be in the picture to get decisions implemented. We cannot bring peace unilaterally without the parties to conflict participating in it.

Our foreign policy has relied on our gun powder and our ability to dole out alms to shove nations around the World to achieve our goals. The Sstate department has forgotten that 'lasting relationships' hinge on a dialogue based on treating all parties on an equal footing.

No doubt our policies have failed as we continue to believe that we can buy other nations disregarding their pride. Those nations that challenge our might stand the chance of annihilation and we refuse to talk with them. Does the state department know what diplomacy means? Please push the refresh button.

A few basics need to be addressed and understood by all the parties.

Jews have a need to be understood and be acknowledged for their eternal security needs, not the military, but mental security where they can put their guards down and live their life in peace.

Palestinians have a need to be understood. They have suffered immeasurably, no human should be stripped of his or her hope and dignity; hope to have a family, work and own a house and call a place their homeland.

Our Presidents need to seriously look at what works. They need to have the vision for peace. They must understand that it may be going against the general opinion and perhaps against their very supporters. They need to take bold steps and produce peace for the people of Israel and Palestine.

We must protect Israel, our ally; however, if that protection is based on injustice to either Palestinians or the Jews, our integrity becomes questionable. We need to be above reproach. Mighty empires can crush the weak for a short term; in the long run every one goes down the tube. We cannot rob anyone and live with a good conscience.

We must watch out for the hate mongers, who go around campus to campus, pulpit to pulpit spreading chaos, causing people to entrench in hate and bring untold miseries to the world. Of course, they will sucker you into investing in their campaign. These carriers of hate will frighten you and get you to open your pocket book. Creating chaos for others is guaranteed to envelope us. Before you write the check, please ask them to spend their time on spreading peace instead.

It is time for the silent majority to speak up and act on. The State department has not had fresh thinking for over 50 years now, every one that comes in including an individual like Collin Powell, has succumbed to the brain washing. They just don't want to push the REFRESH button.

Once the Palestinian Israel conflict is resolved, much of the frustration and terrorism around the world would thaw out.

I invite you to join me in offering practical solutions, with injustice towards none. If you feel there is an imbalance speak up. I urge you become the mitigators of conflicts and not provocateurs.

A blog is created to bring some sense to the peace process, and it is: http://peace-palestine-israel.blogspot.com

Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker and a Writer. He is a frequent guest on talk radio and local television network discussing Pluralism, interfaith, Islam, India, Multiculturism, Terrorism, Peace, Politics and Civic issues. He co-chairs the center for interfaith inquiry of the Memnosyne Foundation, and presides the Foundation for Pluralism a He is the president of World Muslim Congress a think tank with a simple theme: Good for Muslims and good for the world and vice-Versa. His comments, news analysis and columns can be found on the Websites and Blogs listed at his personal website www.MikeGhouse.net Mike is a Dallasite for nearly three decades and Carrollton is his home town. Mike's Profile, he is a Neighborhood Commissioner at the City of Carrollton, and a Board Member of Dallas Peace Center and has initiated the annual events like Thanksgiving, Unity Day USA, Holocaust and other events. He was Past President of Indian Creek HOA and North Texas Cricket Association and has been a member of several Boards.
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#1
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November 24, 2007
02:22 AM

i feel like am repeating what i wrote below:

peace cannot come on the basis of inequality!

peace will come (someday) on the basis of equality and mutual respect coupled with deeply ingrained live and let live attitude between the palestinians and the jews.

peace will not come ... nay never come.... to the region when the zionist 'entity' backed by powero uno imposes subjugation disguised as 'peace' on the other semites

ps: the pompous "we" should do this and "we" should do that increasingly adopted by writers here sounds a trifle arrogant - or is it just me?

#2
Anamika
November 24, 2007
03:23 PM

Hahahaha...no, temp, its not just you. :-)

And I totally recognise that feeling of horror filled deja vu - peace won't come from some western power deciding how Palestine should be carved up. It shall come from the people who truly live and love the land - whoever they may be - btw (being provocative), Zionist carving up the desert and recreating Florida may well "love" the land, but don't think they LOVE the land!)

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