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Ceasefire != peace ???

I'm absolutely in despair about the UK government's refusal to call for a ceasefire in the developing Israel/Lebanon war. Kim Howells, on the radio this morning, tried to claim that the government wanted to "work towards a lasting peace" and seemed to be implying that a ceasefire would somehow get in the way of this mysterious and unexplained "lasting peace". Irrespective of whether peace should be achieved by more complex means - redrawing borders, disarming certain factions, who knows - surely it's a good idea to stop the killing and destruction now?

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