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Justice for All, or Peace for None!

When the murder itself is not the problem and the identity of the victim is irrelevant; when the identity of the murderer is the thing that prompts reaction and dictates its nature and scale, is it really surprising that we live in mayhem, and that hypocrisy is the guiding ethos of our lives? So long as our support for justice remains selective, the very notion of justice loses its meaning. Those who truly believe in justice have to be consistent in their stands. Syrians, Iraqis, Darfuris, Yemenis, Somalis, Pakistanis, etc. deserve justice no less than the Palestinians, irrespective of the identity of the persecutors involved: ruling regimes, extremist militias or foreign occupiers.

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Nothing’s what it seems

U.N. Council, in Unanimous Vote, Backs Aid Delivery to Syrians in Rebel Areas – NYTimes.com.

All Syria watchers know well that this decision is meant to target ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, Al-Nusra Front, rather than the Assad regime, seeing that most border checkpoints are controlled by the these two groups. In fact, the decision calls for a measure of coordination with the Assad regime as well. In a sense, then, the Resolution re-legitimizes the Assad regime. This is why the Russians did not veto it, and ended up endorsing it. A deal over Syria seems to have been reached between the Americans, Iranians and Russians, and it’s one of those usual cynical deals that harken back on the darkest days of the Cold War, and comes as a further expression of how fucked up our sense of humanity continues to be.

United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on Monday to authorize cross-border convoys of emergency aid for millions of deprived Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas, without prior approval by the Syrian government.
United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on Monday to authorize cross-border convoys of emergency aid for millions of deprived Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas, without prior approval by the Syrian government.

Quarantine the Middle East?

Quarantine the Middle East – NYTimes.com.

What a fucking brilliant idea! Give this man a Nobel. Heavens know it’s reserved for good intentions these days. Let’s indeed quarantine the Middle East. This is sooooo doable. All we have to do is forget that it exists, then, let the TSA increase security inspection in our airports, because we don’t have enough of them already, and the overall economic impact of the delays on global economy is still negligible: just a few billion dollars a year.

A historical tidbit that showcases the "effectiveness" of the Quarantine Mentality.
A historical tidbit that showcases the “effectiveness” of the Quarantine Mentality.

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Only Peace Can Counter Hate

Freedom for Palestine – OneWorld – YouTube.

Freedom for Palestine DOES NOT mean Death to Israel. It’s an endorsement of all relevant UN resolutions in this regard and of all peace talks premised on the notion of a two-state solution. If there are commenters on one side who clearly hate Jews, there are those on the other who evidently hate Arabs. To boot, both sets of haters have shown a willingness to kill. So long as this conflict is not resolved in a just manner, haters will keep scoring points and will keep making trouble. And Palestinians will keep getting denounced as terrorists by one set of people, and Israel will still be denounced as an apartheid sate by another. Media campaigns will not change this state of affairs, only peace can.