ray245 wrote:History has shown us that improvement of relationship is possible, no matter what kind of enemy they are. Hell, if Americans and Japanese can get along each other eventually after WW2, I fail to see why the idea that the Gaza region can improve is a flawed idea.
That's a good point - the US trashed Japan by the end of WWII, burned entire cities, etc. yet today we are allies (if not always friends). We don't have young Japanese men blowing themselves up in American cafes, do we? (And it's not due to a cultural ban on suicide missions, either - they proved willing to kill themselves for a cause during WWII) Then again, even after total surrender of Japan to the US we didn't scrape the Japanese off their own land and build "American settlements" in their place. By the end of WWII the Japanese were desperate and starving, yet that horrific conflict did not morph into a multi-generational feud, did it?
Look at modern Germany and Europe. Holy fuck, what Germany did to the rest of Europe in WWII! (And what the Allies did to Germany...) Yet, again, you don't have young men blowing themselves up in German cafes to continue to battle another generation, do you?
Why do these things go multi-generational in the Middle East? It's NOT inevitable! It can't be biology because they are humans just like the rest of us. What else is there but culture? If we had a better understanding of what causes these prolonged conflicts, not in the sense of "X did Y to Z 500 years ago" but why people feel compelled to take up arms rather than find other solutions, we might be able to find a way out of the mess. And I really do mean we, because, like it or not, the Middle East is connected to the rest of the world and conflict there affects other people outside the region and is in turn affected by outsiders.