Friday, January 9, 2009

The Mechanics of Peace In Gaza - Airdate - 1/13 - 4 p.m. (ET)

Update - 1/13/09: This show has aired. You can download the MP3 from our archive. Let us know what you think!

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Patrick Peczerski

News reporting on the Gaza conflict coming from major media outlets appears to concentrate on the violence and the commentary from politicians in the region. Less rarely do we hear the voices of citizens affected. This Tuesday we will talk to moderates: an Israeli, American Jew and two Palestinians and explore the frustrations and hopes on each side and what the guests believe should be done on to reduce the excuses for violent acts.

Before the show airs, I want to know what your views on the conflict are. We'll read them back on the show.

1 comment:

bdunbar said...

I want to know what your views on the conflict are.

1. I'm an American - this isn't my fight. I don't have a side in this conflict, no dog in this fight.

Except that what happens in the Middle-East has all kinds of affects on the rest of the world.

2. I have enormous sympathy for the Palestinian people. Since 1948 it's hard to find a people that has suffered more, been lied to more, been ill-used by all kinds of organizations and states.

That goes double for their leadership. A sorry excuse for leaders you'll be hard pressed to find.

3. I have just as much sympathy for the people of Israel. Starting from nothing they built a pretty darn nice country in a part of the world where that ain't easy and defended it successfully against some pretty rough customers.

4. That said, Hamas will not be able to succeed in their goal to eliminate Israel. Just ain't ... gonna .. happen. Shooting at heavily armed Jews is obviously a bad idea. The Palestinians would be well served to get rid of Hamas and live with the idea that Israel is here to stay.

5. And Israel? You're not going to get rid of the Palestinians. They don't want to be Israelis, they want a country. You'd be well served to do what you can to live with that.