The last couple of days’ bombing of the Gaza strip by the Israelis has left me wondering. What is so special about the Palestinians in particular and the whole conflict in general, that it results in such huge reactions from around the world? I am really trying to understand why politicians, media, blogers etc. get so excited about this insignificant little conflict.
My wondering goes hand in hand with my search for efficient ways to shine a spotlight of attention on several other conflicts around the world. I have previously come to the conclusion that some American or western European casualties would probably be very beneficial in this quest (see We need more westerner civilian causalities and A modest proposal). However, I am not sure if that is enough to get a full-scale engagement going.
What is it that makes Palestine-Israel conflict so special compared to other conflicts? Cutting to the chase quite quickly I will simply state that this particular conflict arouses people around the world because it gives them the chance to kick on Israel. There is probably very little care for the Palestinian victims here; there is only a thirst for jumping on Israel and its allied.
Accordingly, in order to bring attention to other armed conflicts in the world we need Israel’s help. As so many detest this country, and its action, we could draw some advantage from this by sending Israeli troops to, say, Darfur, DRC or Zimbabwe. Imagine Israeli forces fighting on Mugabe’s side. This would generate such an outcry around the world, that Tsvangirai would become Zimbabwe’s leader in no time.
Unfortunately Israeli troops are currently quite unavailable, as they are engaged in fighting in Gaza and other areas(?). I fear that any compromises in the conflict between Israel and Palestine will only prolong it. Consequently, I hope for a speedy wiping out of Palestine by Israel, so that we can see a swift shipping out of Israeli troops to other conflict areas around the world. Hopefully, this transition will happen quickly enough, so that the anti-Israel protester will not lose their momentum in bringing attention to anything that Israel is doing.
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