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This post was edited by abcfirst at 2017-12-8 16:38|
First of all, I would like to congratulate Trump on winning the first bet. All the fears about an immediate tsunami of violence erupting across the Arab world failed to materialize.
Secondly, I would like to point out that Trump is wise to throw open the doors to further talks after making his announcement. Those who are seeking peace, rather than using the Jerusalem issue to prolong conflict, will step forward and begin the process of negotiating what really matters to them. All the rest can be discounted as fake peace advocates, who condition their peace on a historical falsehood that does not stand any chance of acceptance. Their absence on the peace table is a plus, not a minus. They are proxies for Western Roman powers, whose real goal is to preserve the status quo of conflict, and keep open the way to war at an opportune time.
Thirdly, it is time to reduce tension in all other theaters, chief of which is the Korean theater. The key right now is to make the North Koreans agree to stop proliferation, halt production, and consider denuclearization under a set of guarantees of peace and trade that obviates its need for a nuclear deterrent. This last objective may no longer be achievable now that NK has advanced so far, but the former two are within reach. That is just being realistic, and only by being realistic is it possible to achieve lasting peace. Denuclearization can now only be a long term goal, but stopping proliferation and production are achievable short term goals. It requires the test of time before NK can trust America to honor its guarantee of peace and normalization of trade, but if that trust is well earned, it is in the national interest of NK to eventually denuclearize - this goal is probably 20 years or longer down the road.