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A week nowadays barely goes by without making us witnesses to flashy “Breaking News” highlighting scenes of bloody massacres and gory carnage in western cities. To many in those cities or in immediate proximity, recrudescence of violent acts is the overture of a dark and apocalyptic chapter that forces waging war into the “civilized world.” A string of attacks chiefly attributed to terrorism, but sometimes precipitously, in which dozens of lives are stopped cold at once.
Faculties for premonition are not indispensable to foresee upcoming disastrous incidents. Premonitions, if ever possible, would be essential only for accuracy to pinpoint locations and theaters of further violence to make people take measures for timely escape. Which is far from being the case.
But the situation imposing itself, appearing to be here to stay, has in reality always been, as far as large numbers of people around the world are concerned. The apparent change through recent developments has only obliterated what was left of the myth of non vulnerability in the West. The latter was a sense of security that citizens of the civilized world accommodated, sometimes at the expense of humane care for tragedies in various death zones and theaters of violence around the world.
That alone explains the shock following deadly attacks, the pouring of prayers and the showing of solidarity for places like Paris, a world-class attraction for tourists, or Brusells, the capital of the European Union, or else, reinforced by around the clock media coverage. Those are instances that many in neglected parts of the world meet with a rebuke against what they dub as selective sympathy and hypocrisy.
Actually, cities in Europe are adding to a long list of countries where far from equal, far worse disasters permanently strike horribly: Syria, Somalia, Iraq, South Sudan, Congo (DRC), Libya, Nigeria, Gaza, Afghanistan, or whatnot. Violence in the West sometimes originate from some of the freshly mentioned places, where people dissenting from western meddling in their countries’ political order and way of life take to militancy and in worst cases all-out terrorism, as observable with the Syrian crisis and the rise of ISIS, a terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for Paris, Brusells and Orlando’s attacks, among many others.
For the West to have toiled the way into achieving a global world of reigning interconnectedness signify that in hindsight it would have been apt to realize that channels, both physical and virtual, would become facilitators to the spreading of violence that can no longer be contained in one spot. What we are witnessing is to some extent that a torrent of horror springing from unjust wars conducted by the West and engulfing the rest of the world now slips through the cracks to inundate further territory, and serve the negative configuration of a de facto global war with its omnipresent threats.
It becomes a growing sentiment that like supposedly “remote” and altogether vastly unheard of war-torn areas, the United States, France, Belgium, Germany and so forth become with every further incident increasingly unsafe. The dread caused by contemplating a presence of underground terrorist networks ready to strike anytime means the situation is no different from #Beni’s in the DRC, or Libya’s catastrophe.
When it’s not what they call terrorism, but rather recurrent isolated shooting sprees by unhinged individuals, or at times by right wing extremists with a narrow worldview as suspected for Munich, casualties, no matter how emphasized on, can only add to much more tragic incidents around the globe.
The underlying fact by reading the spooky picture placed in front of us is that the world is at war with itself, and that yesterday’s safe zones with their glamour are cascading into death zones. Whether it is lunacy to grab guns and kill innocent civilians in America, or extremism in Europe, or all-out terrorism, or exploitative wars in the Congo to serve the high-tech industry by pillaging valuable resources, or imperialism driven wars to effectuate regime change in the Middle East, it is all the same.
It has for a long while now been business as usual for billions of occupants of our planet to live through war or feel inevitable consequences of wars. These troubles should be put on the same footing, especially if we are to assume the already spread but theoretical creed that all lives are equal, and that “injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere.”
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