Will We Ever Give Peace a Chance?

Today, October 9th, would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday, also dubbed Peace Day. And speaking of peace…The next presidential debate on October 16th will focus on both foreign and domestic policy and then the last debate on October 22nd, will be devoted exclusively to foreign policy. Besides addressing global financial woes, much of these discussions will be directed toward policy in the Middle East. Today, the Mideast region “is in a state of flux perhaps more volatile than it has been since the end of the Ottoman empire…” (tabletmag.com)

There are so many things said along the campaign trail. The question is: What kind of sustainable action would a President Romney take regarding the unrest in the Mideast when really faced with these critical decisions? What about President Obama? He’s been in the hot seat. Does he believe there are truly viable solutions? Secure in a second term, will he attempt some bold moves?

When it comes to the seemingly endless trouble in this volatile region and the reality that it’s one step forward and two steps back, how do we move forward? Human beings are responsible for the many horrific occurrences, and we’ve witnessed that human behavior is impossible to control and predict. 

John Lennon implored us to, “Give peace a chance.” But with each passing year that quest seems to be getting tougher and tougher to imagine.