Thursday, July 27, 2006

No Apologia

As the conflict in the Middle East continues, yet again, the world stands by as a spectator, called upon to play a role, and ultimately simply taking a seat in the stalls.

I am reminded of a trip to the UN HQ in Geneva, Switzerland. The walls are lined with memorabilia, tokens and gestures from countries around the globe that have contributed to the building in some way. And in the main room, the original League of Nations conference room until the UN and a move to New York. And yet I ask myself what have the UN ever done that the much maligned League of Nations could not? When the time for action arrives, when a deus ex machina is most needed, they are always caught wanting but not willing to act.

In this instance, the US and UKs failure to demand a ceasefire in the face of the rest of the world, has resulted in the continuing slaughter of innocents from both Lebanon and Israel. And the end result? Further instability. Iran steps up it's mission towards nuclear arms, a new breed of radicalised Lebanese are born, the Israeli resentment of their Arab neighbours grows and the already tangible hatred of the US and UK propagates further.

And so it begins again for the next generation, a self-fulfilling prophecy, and we are left asking when will the curtain fall on this Tragedy?


Anonymous Reas-o-n said...

I could not agree more, the UN sucks. Living in the US we all feel we should be engaging more but it's hard when the yokels vote in people like Bush. God help us!

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