Peace is a Result of Negotiations


By Kamala Sarup,

Published in Cape May County Herald.

The pursuit of amicable solutions holds promise in a society still grappling with the aftermath of conflict. Beyond endorsing peace talks globally, whether in the Middle East, Red Sea or between Russia and Ukraine, I advocate for a comprehensive strategy to restore peace. I implore all parties involved to collaborate and find a solution, recognizing the challenges posed by escalating military tensions with Russia, Ukraine and the Middle East.

Prolonged arguments risk hardening stances, increasing the likelihood of full-scale conflict. Quick fixes are essential to pave the way for discussions on pressing issues. Calls for a ceasefire and diplomatic solutions not only serve the interests of directly engaged nations but also show empathy for nations impacted by the fallout from these conflicts.

The key to success lies in prioritizing military-citizen negotiations. To overcome upcoming obstacles, the proposed peace process must expand, drawing inspiration. Open dialogue is crucial for eliciting ideas and promoting innovative solutions. Introducing political processes is essential for improving sovereignty, accountability, stability, and responsibility. While acknowledging the need for substantial changes in various sectors, the costs involved should not discourage efforts to achieve lasting peace, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the outcomes of present battles.

In an era focused on global economic growth, attacking the political process risks undermining democratic principles, harming democratic norms and having immediate and long-term consequences. Examining conditions in Israel, the Red Sea, and Russia and Ukraine reveals that the current path is not a sustainable option in the long term.

Actions promoting peace are commendable, but political leadership must engage to establish a cohesive front addressing problems. Dynamic and ever-changing peaceful politics require ongoing nurturing and growth. While denouncing weak leadership and corruption, building an inclusive and peaceful system requires active engagement from citizens, the media and civil society.

Global wars often result from disagreements across political cultures and ideas, exacerbating tensions between the wealthy, materialistic and unrepentant, and the impoverished, pious and austere. History underscores the potential of agreements, emphasizing the need to maintain the competitive process while protecting the rights of political and ethnic minorities. The apparent benefit of rising distance between the countries in conflict raises concerns about a lack of incentive for debate among these countries. Negotiation becomes necessary to bridge this chasm, as it is the only way to achieve a shared goal and avert more casualties.