As the violence escalated in the Middle-East these last few days, I believe many of us watched with sadness as the discourse here on Newsvine degraded along side it. Through the use of charged rhetoric and personal attacks, some on both sides have created an environment where it is next to impossible to discuss the situation in a civilized way. The deep-seeded allegiances and animosity expressed here, and the willingness to completely vilify those with opposing beliefs, is exactly why the issues confronting the Middle East are so difficult to solve.
Whether well meaning, or fueled by hate, those who choose to express their allegiance to their chosen side by finger-pointing, name calling and other similar, negative means truly undermine any discussion of a workable and lasting solution. In fact, if one takes a detached, 10,000-meter view of the situation, it can be seen that the real solution to this extremely complex issue lies in finding a way to minimize the ability to undermine a lasting solution by those who engage in the vilification of those on the opposite side. The hatred is already culturally ingrained in segments of the population on both sides and, to date, those seeking a realistic outcome have been stymied by those unwilling to compromise because they feel they are "right" and the other side is "wrong." Sadly, overcoming the negative impact posed by rigid extremists has proven to be an extremely difficult task, and this latest escalation just exasperates the problem.
It is impossible to create any lasting solution via violence. It may, or may not, achieve the short-term goals of temporarily securing regions, or calling attention to a cause, or even allowing for the killing of a stated enemy, but it only further fuels hatred and makes a real solution more difficult. Until each side looks inside its own culture and finds ways to minimize the ability of the zealots to undermine progress, rather than trying to force the other side to do it, all we can hope for is a relatively short-term cessation of violence.
In short, those who feel the need to express their hatred of the other side, to draw lines in the sand, to inflame and to find fault in every action of those they oppose, are not only failing to contribute towards a solution, they are contributing to the problem.
To those with loud, rigid, accusatory or hateful voices - You words are undermining the dialogue between those looking to constructively discuss this issue. It is clear that all sides are contributing to the problem. This is not a childhood game of cops and robbers, there are no good guys here. Pointing fingers is not helpful. The best you can do is to seek to find a way within the culture you support to minimize the impact of those who, through their actions or words, inflame and undermine the work of those seeking progress. Talk of which side is right or wrong, or which side's actions are worse, is simply futile. If you choose to continue to communicate in this negative way, you will never convince the other side of the validity of your position, instead you will prove to those of us whose discussions you undermine, just how wrong you are in your approach.
For this reason, I make a plea for a cessation of the negative rhetoric around this issue here on Newsvine.