Dialogue is the Way for Resolving Regional Crises

  • 13 March 2009

The Middle East is facing several pressing crises at the internal, regional, and international levels. Experience related to the handling of these crisis shows that there is no way for settling them except through dialogue and agreement. For this reason, it is important to heed the calls of dialogue in the region and abroad to let the logic of peace prevail over other options. One can find several initiatives for forging an agreement in Lebanon, establishing a national dialogue in Palestine between Fatah and Hamas, bringing about a national reconciliation in Iraq, employing dialogue as a means for addressing the Iranian nuclear issue and for pushing Israel to stop its offensives against Palestinians and its threats of war against Lebanon. It is important that all concerned parties welcome these calls, because these wars and quarrels would undoubtedly lead to internal, regional and international tensions, which the region has already endured for many years and for which its people have paid a heavy price. All kinds of crisis, however complex, can be settled through discussions, mutual compromise and confidence-building measures between feuding parties. Wars and military conflicts only lead exacerbate crises, cause hatred, and deepen vengefulness in the region, violating the rights of future generations in the region for living with peace, stability, and development.

Undoubtedly, the process of dialogue is not easy given the complex nature of issues facing the Middle East. However, belief in the necessity and benefits of dialogue for achieving peace will help all parties in resolving the issues. Dialogue would open a window of hope in the Middle East. Words and not guns should be the means of communication and the only method for forging a settlement.

The Middle East, which is exhausting itself in conflicts and violence, needs the help of all sides, within and outside the region, to make justice the dominant force, coexistence dominant despite differences, hope dominant despite despair and peace and stability dominant despite chaos, violence and destruction.