“Justice is the glue that holds society together.”

If Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy doesn’t get quoted as often as it used to it may be because “the longed for tidal wave of justice” is noticeable mostly by its absence. And, via Newshound, Michael Goldfarb in the International Herald Tribune argues that one lesson the Middle East could learn from here is that “The price of conjuring peace out of conflict is that justice is not done; most crimes go unpunished.” He might be right. After all, as Michael Longley said, “peace is the absence of war: the opposite of war is custom, customs, and civilization.” But anyone seeking lessons from here should also beware the poisonous foundations left behind.. and the blindness that such a Process™ demands.

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