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(Slate)   Cease-fires only make things worse, because it gives both sides time to plan deadlier attacks   ( slate.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, cease-fire, Juba, civilian population, South Sudanese, Addis Ababa, mediator variable  
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2014-02-17 10:38:08 AM  
3 votes:
Peace is that historic moment in time, where everyone stands around, reloading.
2014-02-17 11:50:36 AM  
1 vote:

Kriggerel: Peace is that historic moment in time, where everyone stands around, reloading.

Side one: I'm running low on ammo, explosives and rockets.
Side two: me too!

"Impartial" observers: why don't you declare a cease fire? My shipping company won't deliver your orders into an active war zone.

Sides one & two: great idea! Ooo, can we add some mines to the order?
2014-02-17 11:43:25 AM  
1 vote:
Sorry it is so small.

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2014-02-17 11:39:00 AM  
1 vote:

zimbomba63: Satanic_Hamster: So we should never stop shooting.

C'mon, you know it's just a waste of time.  They start arguing over who's going to sit where at the peace table and the boys get antsy and start shooting again.

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here!  This is the war room!
2014-02-17 11:24:10 AM  
1 vote:

Arkanaut: It makes things worse if it's not enforced.  You need to make it clear that if the truce is broken, whichever side breaks it gets punished.

Who does the punishing?  A foreign government?  And just how much power would this government wield over the belligerents?  Can they do that forever?  What Leviathan are you talking about?  If a government has the strength to indefinitely keep two squabbling states from warring without resolving their dispute, then said government is pretty much their ruler rather than their mediator.
2014-02-17 11:03:30 AM  
1 vote:
Best Korea is a great example of this. They do something stupid, get their ass kicked, and a cease-fire is agreed upon. Then they rearm and do it all over again!
2014-02-17 10:58:47 AM  
1 vote:
You don't call a cease fire until you've won the fight.
2014-02-17 10:55:18 AM  
1 vote:
Cease fires are the only way to eventually get to true peace, which ONLY comes about after a negotiated settlement. The guns have to stop while people talk.
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