“What we got here is failure to communicate”

“What we got here is failure to communicate”


This end of one more chapter of the “peace process”, is certainly a failure of the participating parties. It is not, however, the final word on the subject.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”


by James M Wall


Kerry peace talks collapseJohn Kerry’s April 29 deadline for a negotiated framework between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, is only a few weeks away.

Without waiting for what is still a “flexible” end point for this round of “peace talks”, the two negotiating parties have entered the “blame game” utilizing the weapons they have at hand.

One party has the military and police strength of a major world military power. The other has the power to sign 14 international treaties, which include the Geneva Conventions and treaties on racism, genocide, and civil and political rights.

Writing for Al Monitor on its Israel page, Ben Caspit offered his observation on the blame game. [Bold emphasis added]:

“Everything that has happened to Kerry’s initiative this week was smeared in block letters on     every wall en route to this impasse that we have just reached.

 What we had here was a foretold chronicle of a breakdown on one hand, and a sweeping and somewhat childish enthusiasm with which Kerry sank his teeth into the negotiations on the other.

Had Kerry studied and examined the history of the last 20 years, he would have discovered that what he had undertaken was a mission impossible.”

Had Caspit studied and examined the two films he slips into his report, he would have discovered that Cool Hand Luke and the Mission Impossible series witness to the familiar reminder that “the arc of history bends toward justice”.

Luke’s spirit outlives the oppressive warden that treated him so brutally. Tom Cruise’s “missions impossible” all focus on one man’s victory over stronger adversaries.

Here is dialogue from a key Cool Hand Luke scene, followed by the scene on video:

Captain: Don’t you ever talk that way to me. (pause, then hitting him) NEVER! NEVER! (Luke rolls down hill; Captain speaks to other prisoners) What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.

Martin-Luther-King-Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee, 46 years ago this past Sunday, referred to the “arc of history” in a speech he gave to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on August 16, 1967, eight months before he was killed.

The arc reference was used earlier by Theodore Parker (1810-1860), a well-known American clergyman and a leading abolitionist. Predicting the eventual success of the abolitionist cause, Parker wrote:

“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. made these words famous to a new generation a century later in his “Where Do We Go From Here?” speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

King ended his talk with his version of the Parker quote:

“Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Let us realize that William Cullen Bryant is right: “Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again.” Let us go out realizing that the Bible is right: “Be not deceived. God is not mocked”.

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This is our hope for the future, and with this faith we will be able to sing in some not too distant tomorrow, with a cosmic past tense, “We have overcome! We have overcome! Deep in my heart, I did believe we would overcome.”

King’s enemies, and there were many, could not dim the spirit nor the influence of a man who reminded us that “God is not mocked”.

The movement King led brought down the walls of segregation. That “security wall” Israel claims it needs for its protection, will be brought down as well, along with the occupation it symbolizes and enforces.


This end of one more chapter of the “peace process”, is certainly a failure of the participating parties. It is not, however, the final word on the subject.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

The picture of Secretary of State Kerry is from the Nation.

James Wall blogs at Wallwritings.

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James M. Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. He has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat’s 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election. He has interviewed, and written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region. Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve. His website: Wall Writings


  1. The current failure is Kerry's naming of a nominal Israeli immigrant, Martin Indyk, as the mediator. The naming of Indyk was the nail in the coffin and guaranteed failure.


    Even corrupt and incompetent failures like the Palestinian Authority "leaders" had no reason to go along with the Kerry-Indyk setup, either. The only question I would like answered is whether Kerry did this on his own, or was told by the White House to do it ?


    I don't trust Kerry. He's as corrupt as the rest of them. He's been in the system too long not to be compromised. The more they have the more ambitious they get!. 

  2. Kerry's diplo-failings are his own doing. Diplomacy will never work when demands are made predetermined and skewed to failure. SecState Wobbly John Kerry had to jump to the beck and call of Netanyahu and that has GOT to sour any diplomatic process for sure. Besides, Kerry really never had his heart into "fair treatment" of Palestinians. Kerry is worried about his other "failure" and that would be coup d'état Ukraine. Hmmm, one could conclude that the US as represented by Wobbly John is clueless as the day is long and failure is the desired end of any diplomatic process.

  3. The peace process is a lame game played by the zionists for the ignorant masses. Even commenting on it is not worth the ink it is written with.

    You're better off waiting for the cows to come home. These Khazars are the bane of humanity and one day they'll get done for it.

    It's hard to pinpoint a date but if they last another decade, that would be an achievement.

  4. Don: besides the fact that Kerry “heart wasn’t in it”, as you correctly stated, is also the fact that he’s a Jew. (Didn’t know? No worries; most people don’t. The family name was Kohn or Kohen, and it was changed to “un-Jewify” them. Put it this way: he sure as hell ain’t Irish, as he’d have everyone believe.)
    If AMERICANS are required to broker any peace talks—and I don’t see why we should be, considering our ZioFacist preferences—it will become an actual endeavor ONLY if we employ former president Jimmy Carter. (Not that Netayawhore and Co. would agree to it.) In actuality, it should be the Russians or Chinese, both of whom are far less partial to one side or the other, to do so.
    Suki >^..^<