Why can’t we skip the part where we shoot each other?

George Jonas, journalist and commentator who frequently writes on the Middle East and counter-terrorism, asks why, if most wars end in neither total victory of defeat, can we not just “skip the part where we shoot each other?”

In a May 9, 2012, National Post column, Jonas documents the following typical steps in conflict: war, armistice, peace conference, and negotiated settlement. Why not “make your last move your first move?” he asks.