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Some problems don't have palatable solutions and some questions don't have simple answers

Reader comment on item: Bush's Middle East Hopes [and His Failures]
in response to reader comment: How come this proclivity to failure in the Middle East is not addressed by the checks and balances of the American political system?

Submitted by Sully (United States), Jan 21, 2008 at 08:26

The Isrraelis, quite naturally, want to live in peace. And so do the Palestinians. Unfortunately many other Muslim actors find it more useful to have them on the brink of war. At the same time most Americans want the Middle East at peace and they also want to feel good about themselves and their role in the world - but most of all they want not to be bothered.

So American Presidents try to "do something" about a problem that has no palatable solutions, as evidenced by the fact that current events often read like narratives directly taken from the Torah (3,000 years old) or from Josephus' book The Jewish War (2,000 years old).

Only in children's books and movies does everybody get to live happily ever after.


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