An ideology of death, the real root of the conflict in the Middle East, Re: Steal This Movie, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, August 7, 2010

Thomas Friedman has perfectly exposed the real root of the current conflict between Israel and it’s neighbors, and of all past and future conflicts as well. It has nothing to do with security fences or maritime blockades, settlements or checkpoints or real or imagined slights or provocations. Those are all diversions, excuses that Palestinians use to keep conflict alive.

The root of the conflict is revealed when the Palestinian mother “blurts out that she hopes her son will grow up to be a suicide bomber to help recover Jerusalem.” She exposes the conflict’s essence when she says “From the smallest infant, even smaller than Mohammed, to the oldest person, we will all save ourselves for the sake of Jerusalem. We feel we have the right to it. You’re free to be angry, so be angry.” This after her small son’s life was saved by Israeli Doctors in an Israeli hospital at no expense to her or her family.

Nothing will change between Israel and it’s neighbors until that attitude does. There is no hope of ending conflict in the Middle East until Palestinians recognize and accept Israel’s legitimate right to exist and stop trying to murder and maim Israelis and wipe the country off the map. Nothing else will suffice.

Parents who actually care more about their children than an ideology of death would be good people to get the ball rolling.

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