Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Define "solved"

As found today's Patriot Post 06-34 Chronicle (Email subscription):

Now, what also needs to come out of this cease-fire [between Israel and Hizballah], I think, is a much more general agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and get this solved. I think that that is the one thing that could really be seminal and positively effective in terms of the American relationship with the Muslim world. ~Diane Feinstein

I don't expect mind blowing logic from Feinstein, but a better understanding of the situation would at least be nice. "Solved" has very different meanings for Israel and Hezbollah. For Israel, solved means finding a way to peacefully co-exist with its neighbors. For Hezbollah, solved means destroying Israel and claiming that land for Palestinians/Arabs/Islam. Those are pretty incompatible solutions. The only way to "get this solved" is to convince Hezbollah to give up on its desire to wipe Israel off the map, or to convince Israel to no longer exist. The latter is abhorrent, and I've seen no serious efforts towards the former. If anyone wants this solved, then they are going to have to go to the root of the problem and convince Israel's neighbors to no longer desire and attempt to bring about Israel's destruction.

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