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Bellingham City Council considering measure to end centuries of conflict in Middle East

It looks like centuries of Middle East conflict are about to come to an end thanks to the City of Bellingham. (Creative Commons/Chelsea Nesvig)

Taken from Thursday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

It looks like centuries of conflict in the Middle East are coming to an end.

I know what you are thinking. You're thinking, really? Don't you usually talk about local news?

I am talking about local news. It looks like centuries of Middle East conflict are about to come to an end thanks to the City of Bellingham.

Right now, the Bellingham City Council is considering a resolution to end violence in Gaza. The measure will encourage the government of Israel and Hamas to stop firing weapons at civilians.

We have had leaders of nations who have tried to broker peace deals. There has been so much bloodshed, so much tragedy, and that the Bellingham City Council may be the ones to bring about an end to fighting in Gaza. I have never been prouder to be a Western Washingtonian than I am right now.

Think of the bright light this is going to shine on Bellingham, internationally, if the City Council's resolution to end violence in Gaza actually ends it.

One of the sponsors of this measure is a group called Bellingham Veterans for Peace. Gene Marx, with that organization, told us he's glad Bellingham is taking a stand.

"It really makes me proud of my community they feel it's important enough to at least weigh into the issue, and to give whoever wants to listen a sense of the City of Bellingham as to how they feel on how the violence should be curtailed or how the violence has gotten out of hand at this point and where the city stands on it."

It seems to me that Bellingham City Council resolutions have zero impact on Middle East peace and I just think it's a huge waste of time. But Marx disagrees.

"Many people say it's not city council business. I would submit to you it's a thousand city councils' business to get this dialogue going."

I appreciate the passion, I just think if that passion were focused on something that would actually have an impact on their community, it would be more impactful.

Taken from Thursday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

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