2. Genuinely seek a two state solution.
3. Make substantive amends for past injustices to innocents.
Israel has a right to exist in peace, but has no right to force Palestinians from existence nor oppose a reasonable creation of a viable Palestinian state. The United States should provide only enough aid to Israel to insure that it can survive against those who seek to eradicate the nation, but with a strictly enforced condition that they completely cease oppression of others, including of course by illegal land occupations. America must force Israel to choose between survival related aid or wanton heartless oppression of others. Anything less than strict enforcement of such terms is a profound American ethics failure which is utterly transparent to the entire civilized world.
In my estimation time is short. The current rage is white hot. Hamas, their supporters, and their proxies seem likely to act as soon as the necessary logistics can be arranged. It won't be easy of course. But they demonstrated patient, clever, skillful, and tenacious asymmetrical warfare in the 7 October uprising - they're skilled fighters. If they elect to use a WMD they'll likely eventually succeed. The only way to prevent this is to thoroughly eliminate injustice against all people. Which everyone should want and demand anyway of course.
The DoomsDay clock stands at a mere 90 seconds from midnight. For good reason. But key governments wallow in ignorance and denial as they seem far more focused on forging a world of just two groups of clearly defined belligerent adversaries, one led by the USA and the other by China with major partner Russia.
No rational human being wants to live in such a world, but major governments seem to view it as inevitable and consider its formation a race to urge states to join their side. And the most powerful nations seem willing to set ethics aside whenever they think doing so will help persuade a smaller nation to join their group. In the process the Palestinian people and others are thrown to the wolves as disposable collateral damage in the supposed greater competition to form the stronger of two competing global empire bullies.
Most of these countries, including the USA, lost the courage to put respect for genuine justice, human rights, and a sense of humanity first and relegate empire building at any cost to dysfunctional and destructive governments. Shame on all of us. And not just for the ethics failures, but also for pure stupidity by forgetting that America stands strong only to the extent that it's a country and culture of genuinely and uniquely high ethical standards. America's comparative strength is waning not because of relative loss of industrial opportunity, but because it's increasingly indistinguishable, both within and without, from morally bankrupt nations.
And this ghastly cowardice of moral conviction may cost all of us very dearly. Because in a world with WMDs, brutal criminal oppression of a skillful adversary is remarkably stupid and utterly irresponsible.
If tyranny and oppression completely end and functional peace is established, at least one change of generation must still pass for hatreds in this matter to substantially subside. Every day of continued oppression just defers such a time another day. Currently the region is rife with murderous rage. All outside parties must absolutely insist that all physical hostilities and oppression completely end, followed by forging a just two state solution.
Let's face a horrific possibility squarely, sans any denial: If outside parties fail to do this a mammoth terrorist catastrophe could occur. It would be shockingly inhumane. But nobody would be in any position to claim it came as a surprise.
Copyright 11 October 2023 through 11 November 2023 Howard Bruce Campbell
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