The war on Iraq was originally
expected to cost $200 Billion, but we have already spent $500B
and the final tally is expected to be $3 Trillion Dollars. Other
than removing Saddam, weakening Iraq (and empowering Iran), and
pushing gas prices over $3/gallon, this huge investment will
NOT accomplish other goals, whether stated or unstated, including
Iraq electing a quisling government who give us their oil, lower
gas prices, less terrorism, or Mideast peace.
This site spreads the idea that if, instead of just words, the
same scale of investment put towards solving the central conflict
between Israel and Palestine, this would yield true and lasting
returns. What might we achieve if $100B were directed at resolving
the Arab-Israeli conflict? Could we Buy Peace in the Middle East?
First sketched out on a napkin,
our business plan for peace was launched before the wars against
Afghanistan and Iraq were in October 2002, a time of dark moods
and unrelieved pessimism, and published by Haaretz (pdf)
one day after Sharon's defeat of Amran Mitzna
and the second Intifada. Based on game
theory, the BuyPeace meme will persist and spread until such
time as it gets implemented, perhaps after George Bush.
Yes, this is a crazy idea, but
another crazy idea was launched at the same time as BuyPeace,
by the son of a Swiss Banker, and his $1M in seed funding lead
to the Geneva Accords.