February 20, 2011
It is wrong to argue that the peace process between Israel and Palestine would be deleted if all the despotic regimes in the Middle East region and, also, in North Africa would be overthrown and replaced by democratically-elected governments. There is no connection between despotic leadership and the on-going peace process between Israel and Palestine. In fact, the despotic leaders in the Middle East region and North Africa are using the so-called peace process between Israel and Palestine as a leverage to gain concessions and protection from rich countries, so that their respective dictatorial machinery will be maintained and secured by allies and given a semblance of legitimacy from the international community. It is suffice to say that the peace process between Israel and Palestine would only succeed if both camps can reach a final agreement to settle the Palestinian question and Israeli sovereignty once and for all. It’s only the Palestinians and Israelis who can ultimately end the conflict and decide to become harmonious neighbors in the Middle East region. The citizens in the said region who are living under despotic regimes have the God-given gift to enjoy their human rights, responsible freedoms, and civil liberties. Such citizens have the God-given ability to freely elect their respective statesmen and stateswomen. Such citizens have the God-given knowledge to freely participate in nation-building and progress in every human endeavor. Why would such God-given rights be forsaken in order to build peace? Peacemaking is righteous! But building peace through protecting dictators and, therefore, ensuring that despotic regimes get shielded from the reach of justice is just opportunism pretending to be good and nice. Building peace at the expense of continuing the repression and oppression of peoples by their dictatorial and despotic leaders is an immoral form of peacemaking. Peace can only succeed when the peacemakers themselves do believe that all nations in this world should be free in pursuing life, liberty and happiness. Peace can only succeed when the peacemakers themselves will not deter or hinder humanity’s efforts to protect and secure human rights, responsible freedoms and civil liberties. Peace will only be successful if the peacemakers themselves believe that every nation on earth deserves liberty, democracy and freedom. Peacemaking is understanding that all of us human beings are children of the LORD GOD and, therefore, have the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness. It is righteous for the citizens of the countries in both Middle East and North Africa to peacefully and lawfully struggle in order to gain democracy and freedom. The Obama administration should welcome such development in both regions.
EVERY NATION IN BOTH MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA SHOULD PEACEFULLY EMBRACE DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM!!!!! AMEN.