Monday, 9 January 2012

Winds of Change

While Egypt gathers its potential and awaits its fate we cannot help but wonder how its profile can eventually contribute either positively or negatively to affairs in the Middle East. 
Egypt's awakening is both wondrous and daunting since the most contentious issue of all is never out of the equation. Solidarity with Palestinians has always been on the agenda, albeit passively for some time. If there are no acceptable terms in sight for peace in the Middle East there may well be an even heavier price to pay than possibly ever foreseen. With insidious undertones, Egypt's army does not stand alone. Similarly neither does the state of Israel. The games can hardly begin with anyone standing to gain. And yet, with awakening there comes a strength, one of perhaps nothing more than an increased awareness. A strong Egypt however, figuratively or literally perceived is undoubtedly necessary and advantageous for many, but for some it may appear to be little more than a threat to be averted. The lives of so many in the Middle East depends substantially upon the puppeteers of this on-going inhumane crisis. How the playing field can ever find its level is a question that seems obnoxiously inane in retrospect.
But it might serve humanity well were one thing noted and emphatically stressed at all times: Many a country's state policies do not include the ordinary citizen's point of view no matter what background may or may not dictate. If there is such a thing as an average universal citizen, he or she just wants the Israel/Palestine problem to be resolved without bloodshed or serious vendetta taking place on either side. Incitement is however never far away and more often than not a power-seeking politician's tool. With human lives at stake whichever way the pendulum swings, one thing should remain highlighted at all times: Invasion and defence tactics may look similar but it is essential to bear in mind there is always the aggressor and initiator in a conflict where there was no conflict before.

Looking back while looking forward and the opposite should apply we cannot ignore basic issues as pointed out in a 'once-upon-a-time' interview where some home truths resonate louder than any lie ever can. 

But the question mark remains, indelibly printed in the sands of time as we can see in an article titled:
"Dennis Ross discovers Palestine" in the Haaretz newspaper 9th January 2012.
Barak Ravid writes:"Even a technical step such as paving a road to the new Palestinian city of Rawabi has not been carried out until today, despite repeated promises."

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