(First written 8/15/06)
The BBC news website is holding a moderated debate about whether the cease fire in Lebanon will be permanent. Here’s the 2¢ worth I offered:
The cease fire in Lebanon will not permanently hold until the underlying grievances and frustrations on both sides are dealt with and widely seen to be FAIRLY addressed. Force cannot produce permanent peace – Newton’s third law applies equally to human behavior (fighting and coercion.) Peace can only be achieved through some kind of political process that is perceived to be fair by all parties. Hence, so long as the US is involved, peace will remain illusive because of its (the US’) obvious bias.
FYI, Newton’s 3rd law states “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This means that in every interaction, a pair of forces act on each other. Forces always come in pairs – equal and opposite action/reaction force pairs. Ergo, if one person starts a fight with another, the victim fights back – even if they have to do it surreptitiously. Just watch any kindergarten playground.