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My really stupid idea #7

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What if, as from next week, it was compulsory for all Israeli secondary school children to spend a year as exchange students hosted by Arab families living across the border.
(Legislatively this should not be difficult, for presently the children are all compulsorily drafted into military training and service.)

And for the Palestinians to simultaneously do likewise in Israel.

What if the students all discovered that their host families had hopes, dreams and aspirations almost identical to their own.  That humans of whatever race, culture or creed are bound by common concerns for peace and a secure world for their children to grow up into.

What if they returned after the 12 months with honorary Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters and lots of friends on the other side of the barbed wire and concrete fence.

What if they realised all the past fighting was conducted in the name of greed, ignorant prejudice and military, religious and political power and was perpetuated by those with vested interests.

What if?  

The bipartisan rocket launching, suicide bombing and random killings might just coincidentally and simultaneously cease at the precise instant the first child crossed the border. Forever.

I really must stop this nonsense and go do something useful.

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6 responses »

  1. I really must stop this nonsense and go do something useful.Quite so. We can't have people with common sense and compassion running the world.

  2. I'll try to keep my imagination under tighter control in future.

  3. Are you trying to create peace and harmony? Shame on you. That could lead to the loss of global poverty!

  4. You see, it's standing on the bottom of the world that causes thinking like that … all the blood rushing to the brain and all.

  5. I have booked myself in for some psychological guidance next monday, so I'll let you know when I am better.

  6. Would it help me if I did some more upside down yoga or stood on my hands a little more often?


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