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- 07:35am May 8, 2002 EST (#2077
Behind the Terrorists By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/07/opinion/07KRIS.html
describes results of a conference and. . . ends " And in trying to
uproot terrorism, perhaps we should think in new directions, like
extending trade or, especially, trying to confront feelings of
humiliation that may well be more explosive than poverty or
from October 20, 2000 to March 29, 2001, (beginning shortly after
my web conference of September 25 MD1597 - MD1603 rshow55
4/21/02 3:22pm ..) lchic and I were involved with a Guardian
Talk thread that was featured (linked) on the Guardian's Middle East
web page for that time. The heading read.
Emotional Peace in the Middle East Started by rshowalter
at 09:09am Oct 10, 2000 BST
We are in an impasse that is just as dangerous as
it looks in the Middle East. It looks like an emotional crisis,
and whatever else it may be, it is surely just that. Here are some
basics about the impasse, and the radically different ideas and
feelings now at play
The Israelis have been looking for a limited,
coexisting place of their own in the Middle East, and have been
fighting for their lives, outnumbered, for more than half a
century. They've wracked their brains to find ways to coexist, and
tried to forgive all manner of insults, injuries, and consistent
themes and variations of genocidal threats upon them.
The Israelis have become militarily effective in
the extreme, in all sort of warfare, including psychological
warfare, and the Palestinians are now psychologically so reduced
that they are "fighting" by having a rabble of unarmed, fanatical
children throw rocks at Israeli soldiers, hoping to provoke the
Israelis into killing them, and hoping that their death, in this
way, somehow leads to a workable human situation.
It is now clear how upset the Palestinians are,
and they have said that they feel so degraded, so demasculinized,
that the only thing they see remaining to them is a fight to a
self sacrificing death, under conditions where they are only
fodder to be cut down by disciplined troops.
That's not conducive to peace. The psychological
state of the Palestinians must be adressed, including the
(considerable) role in that psychological state due to effective
psychological warfare by the Israelis. Livable, masculine and
human roles for the Palestinians must be worked out, mutually,
between Israel and the Palestinian governments and people. The
Israelis have to let this happen - which means that both sides
have to understand the psychological degradation of the
Anybody blame the Israelis for using any and all
pyschological warfare technique against the Palestinians, with the
Israeli risks as they've been? I find them blameless. This was
life and death. All the same, for peace, some psychological
warfare injuries need to be acknowledged, and healed.
The physical compromises necessary for peace are
now, after much effort, largely in place.
The emotional healing is absolutely necessary,
too. It needs to be begun.
If Palestinians are to become a nation, they can't
ask their children to fight by throwing rocks at armed and
organized soldiers. And if Israel is to have peace, the
Palestinians have to become a working nation.
We are looking at emotional problems, that are no
accident, but that are at least as dangerous as they look.
They need to be adressed. Only the truth, only a
situation where "everybody is reading from the same page" can
possibly work here. The situation is too desperate and too
complicated for anything else. Anybody interested in talking about
M. Robert Showalter firstname.lastname@example.org
- 07:35am May 8, 2002 EST (#2078
Had I been permitted to communicate more directly with the
government,, and with the back-and forth that face to face
communication permits, some of the conclusions in the conference
Krostof reports in Behind the Terrorists http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/07/opinion/07KRIS.html
might have been reached earlier, and lives saved. A number of other
issues might have been better handled. As it was, I worked according
to the instructions I'd been given, and the promises I'd made, and
did my best.
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