Posted by: r.m. | November 16, 2015

Critical articles on terrorism in Paris and Beirut

Where are we going now? French President Hollande‬ has called for “a pitiless war.” How many more thousands and thousands of people will be killed and killed invisibly? Their lives and deaths will not reach the western press, no condemnations will be issued when they are killed.

Vijay Prashad writes: “Macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership these days. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.”

Is there another way? Yes. there is.

Read Vijay’s excellent article: We are in pitiless times.  Read it once and then twice. Then share it.  It is that necessary.

What about the seen and unseen bodies?

“In ‪#‎Paris‬ there are detailed descriptions of the music venue and sports stadium where the violence took place. In ‪#‎Beirut‬ there is little or no mention of the marketplace, mosque or school that bore the brunt of the explosions.
…Not only do these narratives feed into rightist, xenophobic or Islamophobic political views, they also colour the perceptions of readers and editors at mainstream publications. Take an analysis piece that appeared in the The Huffington Post less than 24 hours after the Beirut attacks which flatly suggested that the tragedy was to be expected. “It was a matter of time before residents of Dahiyeh, the Hezbollah-controlled suburb of Beirut Lebanon, were bombed again,” a fellow at a Washington think-tank wrote. Can one imagine an article a day after the Paris bombings claiming it was just “a matter of time” before Europeans were massacred?”

Read Habib Battah’s article for more: Analysis: Just as innocent – comparing Beirut and Paris

Whose lives are unseen? In the midst of these terrorist attacks, there are other terrorist attacks that have gone (almost) unseen…

And, ISIS – where did it come from?

“The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place. … A year into the Syrian rebellion, the US and its allies weren’t only supporting and arming an opposition they knew to be dominated by extreme sectarian groups; they were prepared to countenance the creation of some sort of “Islamic state” – despite the “grave danger” to Iraq’s unity – as a Sunni buffer to weaken Syria.That doesn’t mean the US created Isis, of course, though some of its Gulf allies certainly played a role in it – as the US vice-president, Joe Biden, acknowledged last year. But there was no al-Qaida in Iraq until the US and Britain invaded. And the US has certainly exploited the existence of Isis against other forces in the region as part of a wider drive to maintain western control.”

Read the article in full:  Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

All the while, all the while … Palestine

Among the sympathies pouring into Paris from all over the world are messages from the Palestinians of Gaza, for whom such terror has been a regular occurrence for decades—particularly for the past six years, during which they have suffered through three major assaults by Israel. Despite their own pain, which is frequently forgotten in the press of other crises, they are uniquely positioned to sympathize with the trauma of others.-

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