|In Syria last month.|
The basic cure is death. The people who remember the evil done will pass away in time and anger subsides. Another basic cure is sex. Over time, the outliers of hostile communities are attracted to one another and get pregnant. (Romeo and Juliet wed instead of suicide.) The edges between the groups get fuzzy. Raising children from dual cultures is tough on the kids but makes bridges between enemies.
The third cure is transformative faith. Sometimes people of great difference will unite behind an idea that outweighs their cultural baggage.
|The famous closet|
I used to think politics would make a difference.
If you're in a hurry for peace, expect to be gravely disappointed.
But don't give up.
Besides, a little conflict is necessary to test things.
Added: Nearly three hundred years after the Battle of Culloden and the effort to hunt down Bonnie Prince Charlie by the English (Catholic Jacobites) allied with Scottish Lowlanders (The Campbells), my dear sweet grandmother that wouldn't hurt a fly had a hard spot in her heart for both lots.