12 August 2006

UN passes ceasefire resolution; Israel steps up attacks; the cycle continues

Yesterday, finally, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for a halt to the fighting in southern Lebanon.

So Israel responded by stepping up its attacks. [Read story.] It would almost appear as though they want to hurry up and slaughter as many Lebanese men, women, and children as they can before the ceasefire takes effect.

This is a perfect illustration of why that part of the world is so unstable.

Hate and resentment beget violence on both sides. And violence begets hate and resentment on both sides. As long as this cycle continues, I fear that we will not see long-term stability in the region.

The ages-old Arab-Israeli feud will never really end until deep underlying attitudes are changed on all sides of the conflict.

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