I was able to negotiate a lasting peace in Northern Ireland by getting to know the leaders of the groups. By asking questions about them, their families, their likes and dislikes, and their values and philosophy, I got to know them: but more importantly they got to know each other. In the beginning of the talks each fellow tried and tried to get me to listen to why they were right, but I always cut them off. I told them neither one was right. After we talked for about three hours we realized that not all the attacks were coming from the groups that were taking credit for them. Then the other group would retaliate. Once things calmed down again, there’d be another attack and another retaliation. I asked if it was easier to put a bomb in a baby carriage than to make a phone call. The surprising answer was maybe, but in asking the question we discovered neither group was responsible for that and each of them thought that incident was reprehensible. We were in agreement, so what we ended up doing was, I had them agree to call each other when they thought they needed to retaliate and ask about the attack. I said you have to call even if that side claims responsibility because someone else is stirring the pot. So they agreed. The negotiation took about six hours – all night long. We wrote it all down and they shook hands on it. As we left I told them I could see them becoming friends sometime in the future.
The best thing is, they did make the phone calls. There were three more attacks but each went unanswered because the phone call was proof that someone else was responsible. I found out in 2003 the other group responsible was the Satanic cult in cooperation with another Satanic cult in Northern Ireland. Even those attacks stopped because the fun was in seeing the people crying and wailing over the deaths of their loved ones. They would be fretting and wringing their hands and asking themselves what they should do and getting angry — all things Satanists love.
I hope the Middle East won’t give up on their dream of peace. I hope they open a line of communication so they can talk to one another when something happens. An open line of communication will work if they believe it will work. I know it for a fact. Northern Ireland has been at peace for so long there’s a whole generation who don’t know war.