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Gera Bougui - June 3 2009, 10:59 PM

In the region, countries are in a vehement struggle for predominance and hegemony.

Other rich and powerful countries have understood the complexity of the situation, and refrained for a long time from close involvement.

Reaching a compromise surpasses the human understanding.

What drives these conflicts?

What motivates Al Qaeda?

Some interesting questions that require a great deal of attention! One of the best approaches resides in the ethnic and religious aspect of the quandary.

Somehow Saddam Hussein was able to control the spread of ethnic discord and religious intolerance, the two vicious underlying causes of "sectarian violence".

The insurgency movement in its debut was indigenous.

As controversial as it may sound, the movement was relatively insignificant during the Saddam era. In spite of the impressive deployment of military forces and the surge, tribal power struggling continue to cost innocent lives.

The United States of America is now on the verge of exhausting all military approaches to an increasingly challenged war that yields infinitesimal satisfactory results.

Many well advised minds have for over six years decried the strategies that call for more and more military actions, not because they condone terrorist actions nor preach a show of weakness to the universe, but because they understand that conflicts are multifaceted phenomena that require a clear dissection of the notions of position and interest.

They understand that collaborative conflict resolutions call for objective listening, and a good grasp of the context and emotions behind the conflict.

Oppression and compromise are false alternatives to conflict resolution.

The same goes for the conflicts between Israel and Palestine, and recently between Russia and Georgia.

In addition, the United States has repeated that pattern of behavior several times in Haiti.

A republican president usually implements policies that favor Macoute whereas a democratic president's policies often align with Lavalas in Haiti.

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