I’d like to believe that Al-Qaeda is willing to sit and talk. It seems somewhat hopeful, even if they are still suspicious of Barack Obama. I know you don’t negotiate with terrorists, but would it be considered negotiation at this stage?
We seem to have reached the point of stalemate with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though the Iraqi war is “over”, there are still hostilities and Afghanistan is nowhere near a position of stability. It’s a tug o’ war effort.
The message that Osama bin Laden has supposedly sent to the US seems to imply that he may have come to realise that all this warring may be fruitless to both sides. Many of us have seen that light for a while, even if we still hold on to our stance of support for war, because to do otherwise would be to give in to the terrorists. However, if the other side is showing signs of relenting, should we not reconsider?
Any steps should be carefully measured though. The Islamic extremists want Israel on the table. Quite understandable – it has been a raging battle for generations. The Israelis and the Palestinians both belong to the region. Something does need to be done to give the Palestinians their own land and their own government. However, there needs to be some guarantees of Israeli safety in a region that is predominantly Muslim. Unfortunately, the Middle Eastern world sees the western support and protection of Israel as a direct opposition to them. Furthermore, the new Israeli government appear to be entrenched in the old mindset and rigidly unbending.
So, would it be wise to call a truce and discuss moving onwards with peace in the region? I would gladly welcome the day when we can be able to do that, because I believe that the Middle East as well as Afghanistan/Pakistan could benefit greatly if both sides were to work together and improve conditions for the peoples there. The hardest part would be to put aside all the prejudices and suspicions on all three sides: the western countries, the Islamic world, and Israel.