That's the headline for a Bret Stephens opinion piece
(registration and/or payment may be required) in today's Wall Street Journal. Stevens lists all the various "peace processes" that have been going on since the Clinton administration (some go back to Bush 41), the only one of which that has worked being the one relating to Northern Ireland, and that one worked, according to Stephens, only because the IRA finally realized that it was counterproductive all around to continue fighting, and not because of the efforts of George Mitchell.
After reading the essay, it occurred to me that if, say, the NFL operated the same way as the diplomats do, each team would play one game, and it would never end.
Because, you know, coming to a resolution isn't what's important. What is
important is playing the game.
Labels: diplomacy, Peace Process