Posted on June 23, 2104
by Jerry Alatalo
“He is not a lover who does not love forever… Love is all we have; the only way that each can help the other.”
– Euripides (480 B.C.-406 B.C.) Greek dramatist
With the tragic events that are occurring today in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East (ME), along with the seeming lack of good solutions coming from politicians, the corporate world or the media, this post’s sole purpose is to ask for potential solutions. After men and women around the Earth see what has happened in the Middle East – including recent history, long history, and today – almost every one of them have given thought toward solutions which would bring peace to that region. What complicates the Middle East situation is obviously the region’s possession of large energy resources, and the competition for control and profit from oil and natural gas.
The hope behind this post – “Global Middle East Peace Initiative 2014” – is to begin an effort to identify ideas that would have practical and applicable results of increasing peace in the region. So, another way of wording/describing this effort is asking the question: “what needs to occur for true peace to come forth in the Middle East?” Is this an extremely challenging assignment?
No doubt about it.
Some may see such a proposal and immediately feel that there is no real chance to bring peace to the Middle East, that the ME has always been ravaged by war, and there is nothing anyone, or any group, can do to change that perennial condition. “Those people have fought each other for 1,000’s of years, there’s nothing you or I can do about it” is the view that many people have when Middle East violent events get brought up in discussions. Many, if not most, people (at least in America) have in this sense resigned themselves to the fact that war in the ME is just a forever thing.
Some percentage of people will have some inkling of possible peaceful solutions for the region but, probably because they’ve attempted to convey those thoughts without success: more war and killing seems like on an unstoppable march, have basically given up on peace in the ME even though their ideas have offered real potential. This percentage of men and women gave it their best effort for varying lengths of time and in small to large levels of intensity and focus, then became burnt out after seeing those benevolent works basically come to naught.
And then on the scale and measure of people concerned about the warring in the ME, there are those, probably because they have first-hand experience of tragedy and loss in the region. or a greater base of knowledge from much deeper/broader than average study of the history and facts, will never stop working for peace. This percentage of the population consists of men and women who live in the ME, veterans and military leaders (from both “sides” of battles), academicians/experts in the fields of Middle East Studies, history, economics, international relations, comparative religions, etc., politicians from all nations, peace and journalism activists, writers and artists, religious leaders, business leaders, and so on.
So, basically, when one looks at the various camps in the population on Earth, there are roughly three divisions when it comes to war and peace in the ME:
Those who’ve given up on peace in the Middle East – 100% cynical
Those who’ve become partially cynical, but will at times offer potential solutions – lukewarm
Those who’ve, because of profound direct experience, higher than average knowledge of Middle East reality, or an intense dedication to peace,, made up their minds to exert great effort to bring peace to the people living in the Middle East
Humanity must come together to create peace in the Middle East and everywhere on Earth
This post, this initiative intended to find ways to create a peaceful Middle East, may result in nothing in the way of real solutions for the men, women, and children of the Middle East region. On the other hand, depending on the contributions and subsequent discussion from men and women readers (hopefully from all nations and regions of the Earth), truly feasible Middle East peace solutions will become unveiled/discovered, relayed widely, and peace will come.
“The holiest of all spots on Earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”
– A Course In Miracles
Let us begin.
Would a meeting like this bring peace to the Middle East?
The world’s first live meeting broadcasted to the entire human race over satellite/cable television and the internet. At this meeting will be the elected leader, or monarchical head, of each Middle East nation and the leaders of the permanent members (P5) of the United Nations Security Council. The meeting can take place in person at the United Nations in New York or via satellite or other means from remote locations.
The attendees will understand that the meeting has one purpose and one purpose only: “Peace in the Middle East.”
The start of the meeting will consist of talks without any readable material or notes. In other words, the first part of the meeting will be from each person’s heart. During this part of the meeting, each participant will be given unlimited time to share their views/proposals.
After each attendee is given sufficient time to speak, in the next portion of the meeting attendees can use written/presentation materials to clarify their spoken words – with time limits.
After that then, each participant will once again be given unlimited time to talk – without notes or reading material – ending their talk with their best general proposal for peace in the Middle East.
After each participant has spoken, each member will vote on each proposal that has been offered/made. If there is 100% agreement on any proposal then the meeting has achieved its highest possible success. The attendees will agree on the general proposal and pledge their personal honor to help with the drafting of a specific-language peace treaty.
If 100% agreement is not reached on any general proposal suggested by any of the participants, then the proposal with the highest number of “yes” votes will be then further discussed by those who voted “no” only. The “no” voters will be given unlimited time to suggest improvements to the one general proposal that received the highest number of “yes” votes, then any one of the “yes” voters will be given unlimited time to discuss the suggested improvements to the proposal and another vote will take place.
If any/all the original “no” voters change their votes to “yes” that will be seen as good and very positive. If the “no” voters once again vote “no” then it will become felt as disappointing, but they will have the option to decline signing the eventually drafted peace treaty.
This meeting proposal offers a good chance for peace in the Middle East because the format is one which emphasizes honor, truth, and coöperation.
The attendees will understand that their views/proposals will become known by the entire human race.
(Thank you to DogSwede1 at YouTube)