Article Title: Sharing Some Thoughts on the Conflict in the Middle East and Israel Today
Author: Craig Lock
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ISRAEL and the MIDDLE EAST TODAY

Introduction:
Craig is currently researching and writing his latest novel 'A New Dawn', set in the Middle East: To attempt to find 'common ground'/principles between different religions and cultures and to try to make some difference in building bridges in an ever more dangerous and volatile world. And as he learns from his research, is sharing this extract, a few personal thoughts from his new manuscript. As regards the volatile tinder-box that is the Middle East today, I'm sharing a few personal thoughts that may be of interest.

The military approach (in the Middle East and in the WORLD) can never be productive in the long term. On the moral scale it was a disaster, as the endemic cycle of violence only serves to feed hatreds that are already too fierce. You can't use bullets and rockets to solve what is essentially a social and political problem. The solution, which I'm sure all reasonable world leaders will agree on is a "long-term" peace... and this will NEVER ever come from the barrel of a gun.

"Violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul."
- Robert Kennedy after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in April 1968.

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individual concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
- Dr Martin Luther King Junior

The political process can and needs desperately to change.
The leaders need new horizons and the critical issue is having the political will to reduce violence on both sides. More freedom of movement will reduce poverty. The disappearance of hope, the poverty, the terrible living conditions caused by the internal Palestinian power struggle, is very fertile ground for chaos in this region, a "hotbed of intolerance, violence and religious fanaticism". Somehow, changing these conditions and reducing the climate of fear on all sides in turn will give rise to a new dawn of security and stability...hope for everyone, people and nations.

"Our goal as 'ordinary citizens of planet earth' must be to illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity (through raising the collective consciousness) to put more pressure on our leaders: to offer a compelling alternate vision for the world - one that banishes the fanatical ideology of hatred to the darkness from which it emerged."

Craig Lock ("just a tireless and passionate worker for moderation, tolerance and peace")
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"When people's hearts are filled with love, the world is full of hope"
- craig

Author's Bio: 

Craig Lock ("just a tireless and passionate worker for moderation, tolerance and peace")
http://www.craiglockbooks.com
http://www2.webng.com/writernz/

"When people's hearts are filled with love, the world is full of hope"
- craig