Russians, Shiites, and Turks, set terms for Palestine Peace?

“You keep what you kill.” The most base of human emotions. Born of a primitive instinct, fueled by fear, the simplest, most rudimentary form of thought. The starting point in the evolution of mankind, yet still the foundation of thought that enslaves all but the enlightened few.

Unfortunately, within the majority of Middle Eastern political, and economic thought leadership, “You keep what you kill” remains the ugly, and toxic dogma that perpetuates the endless wars afflicting the region. 

While it maybe safe, politically correct, or fashionable, not to speak fundamental truths, if there is any hope of refreshing the Middle East Peace Process, questioning the unyielding adherence to such a simple mantra must begin. 

Because not to ask, or bring forth, such a simple question, will allow the temperature of cultural tension to continue to rise, and threaten to boil over in upheaval and violence.

Not bringing forth this most basic question of humanity will leave both the curious bystander, and perhaps some of the participants, to ponder; Is another hundred years of war within the Middle East the best possible outcome, or is some other horrific bit of drama yet to unfold?

Hypocrisy?

There is no possible realistic rationalization, or assumed righteousness, in the taking of another person’s land. Yet still, even in this modern age of supposed enlightenment, it happens. Within the violent and unforgiving Middle East, it happens with grotesque regularity.

The list of Nation States legitimizing the confiscation of the common man, or woman’s, land in the name of religious authority is as endless as the very wars that consume the Middle Eastern Region. 

Perhaps each common man, or woman, who chooses to eagerly pick up the banner of religious righteousness, and shout out their allegiance with a hate filled throat, would be best served to remember that no Nation State, People, Religion, or Culture, holds, or may claim, a moral license after the decades of indiscriminate bloodshed perpetrated by all parties within the Middle East Conflict Zone.

Given the history, ancient and modern, of the Middle East, the act of standing with a stout back, one hand clenched tightly, the other with pointed finger, and screaming at the top of your lungs, “Stolen Land,” appears more hypocritical than any rational person can swallow.

Is it not those who set the rules of the game, currently being played within the Middle East, that now cry foul? Perhaps, rather than merely crying foul, one could ask the referee for a solution?

Madness?

“True madness is the game of politics played by mankind.”

Is it possible that Muslim leadership within the Middle East has boxed themselves into an inescapable ideological corner, with respect to Israel?

Is it possible that, like American Populism, Muslim leadership has used the specter of “Zionism,” to distract, and have now become incapable of finding a way to temper down the boiling rage they have induced?

Yes, three times within the full Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian Leadership reached out and offered its hand in discussion, only to be spat in their face by the current American Administration. 

Yes, countless times the Israeli Government has reached out and offered its hand in discussion, only to be spat in their face by Islamic leaders.

Madness. A madness such that only the most hopeful common man, or woman, could possibly ponder; Is it possible once again? Or has the game finally driven its players into an irretrievable absurdity?

Reality?

Coming to terms with the some basic political, and cultural facts the current participants within the Middle East find themselves may appear one sided, but these singular facts can not be ignored: 

1. One side of the conflict continues to threaten the other with death, and annihilation. 

2. One side of the conflict continues to harden the rhetorical posturing.

2. No Muslim country, or Russia, would even think about sharing, or walking away from land captured in war.

Denial, or unwillingness to acknowledge, these basic facts continues to perpetuate, and fuel, the ugly rhetoric that prevents any palatable Middle Eastern Peace Plan, and thereby stymieing any real sustainable economic growth for the Region as a whole.

It is time for both sides of the Middle Eastern Conflict Zone to come to terms with this simple reality: Human Life on the planet Earth is poised to take another step forward on its path of economic evolution. If the Middle Eastern community, and perhaps their friends, do not look inward, and examine their choices, they risk being left behind, for all of time.