Education is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments a society can make in its people and its future and is critical to reducing poverty and inequality. This lesson from mammalian education is quite fundamental.
Advancement of technology is key factor in spread of democracy and end of dictatorships. As the pace of technological change has quickened, inherently inflexible dictatorships have found it increasingly impossible to keep pace with the constant state of reform and self-criticism necessary for a functioning government.
It is vitally important that even during the height of these recurring wars between the Israelis, the Palestinians, and Hezbollah that the world is not distracted from the very real possibility of producing an entirely different region in the Middle East that is shaped by democracy.