The news from the Middle East is overpowering any literary thoughts on my mind today. Take a step back from the tactical analyses and newspaper cliches that dominate coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a broader pattern emerges: extremists are shouting down moderate and peace-loving voices on both sides.
Here's a little known fact: despite the tired refrains about the impossibility of peace in the Middle East (or anywhere else in the world), there are no issues between Palestine and Israel that could not be resolved by compromise. We need more inspired leadership, and we need greater popular activism on behalf of simple common sense and common humanity around the world.
The human race must love war, because we choose it over and over.
This is supposed to be a literary website, so here's a quote from Yeats: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity".