Monday, June 17, 2013
A gets an Answer
You ask me why the Middle East conflict has dragged on for so long and why it is so difficult to resolve.
Since you yourself are a history buff and deeply interested in the American Civil War, let me tell you a fast story. As you know, the American Civil War was decided at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, even though the final capitulation of the South came two years later at Appomattox. And the Battle of Gettysburg was decided in the dramatic Pickett's Charge. In that critical phase of the battle, three brigades of Virginians under General George E. Pickett attacked the Union lines, manned by about half their number of troops.
The results are well known. Pickett lost over half of his men, who were annihilated by Union artillery and rifles. It was the first and most important battlefield loss for the Confederacy's commander Robert E. Lee. His army had to withdraw to Virginia, and, from that point on until the surrender of the Confederacy, Lee's army was on the defensive. The South lost the war with Pickett's Charge.
Years later, when asked why his charge at Gettysburg had failed, General Pickett replied: "I've always thought the Yankees had something to do with it."
And so, A, to return to your question, just why has the Middle East conflict dragged on so long and why is it so hard to resolve?
I've always thought the Arabs had something to do with it.