Volume 91, Issue 76

Thursday, February 12, 1998



Conflict resolution

Re: Situation over the Israel protest

To the Editor:
We have heard over the last few days the differences and perhaps the pain these two sides have felt through the conflicts happening in the Middle East. Obviously both sides have some valid points that the other must consider. I deeply sympathize with those who have felt the terrors of war and fear. Though I can not fully relate to the circumstances imposed onto them, my heart and prayers go out to them. That being said, can this situation, at least on campus, be resolved? As in the situation in the Middle East right now, one can not expect peace without reconciliation.

I believe both sides want to address their views and also come to a peaceful agreement. In order to become reconciled, one must be willing to apologize for whatever offensive actions may have taken place WITHOUT a vindication of those actions. i.e. One can not say, "I'm sorry for this, but I did it because..." To be fully regretful, the "apologizer" can not convey the message that in some way his/her actions can be somewhat justified. From the "apologee," there is an expectation for an understanding and forgiveness to be reciprocated. However, this may not always happen.

We all hold grudges in this world. True reconciliation and peace can not happen without letting go of these grudges. This not only pertains to the disputes between JSU and the others, but also to society as a whole. Yes it may be a solution too simple. Yes these situations may be more complex I'm making them out to be. But what does Ockham's razor state? "Simplicity, therefore, is the ideal of all logical thinking. [That] given a choice between competing theories, the simplest or more straightforward is to be preferred."

I do not hold all the answers to peace. But this is one essential stop on the road to it. The question is, who will take that first step?

Alvin Lau
Psychology III

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