The Middle East (or any other) peace processes have not traditionally been a success. For forty years they failed. Lately, I have noticed an absence of Middle East war news save for articles in the Financial Times I saw about President Hollande’s attempt to restart the peace process coming up against opposition.
Could the war have ended and no one cared?! One can only hope. In the absence of facts I have a suggestion that can be relevant for any future peace accord anywhere in the world.
DON’T MERELY MAKE PEACE. CREATE SOMETHING.
The major error in former peace accords has been the absence of something to do with the peace that is made. Perhaps after decades of war nations and societies at war do not even know! Making a plan for what will be created on top of the foundation of peace is essential to take focus off the peace itself. After all, watching the peace can only create scrutiny.
PLAN A CONTINGENCY PEACE PROCESS
What happens if the peace slips back into struggle? Outlining a plan for either or both sides to re-initiate peace without the need for a new discussion is essential in our modern error or media distortion and dirty tricks by interested third parties. Creating a plan of steps that cannot be mistaken for anything but sincerity is one way around manipulations that seek to keep war a present-day nuisance.
TAKE A PICTURE. IT WILL LAST LONGER
Don’t forget “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” And bring video, cameras and lots of people who travel.