Contemplating a massacre

Published 24.07.2014 01:07

The world's attention is focused on Gaza. All news programs start their broadcast by giving the latest developments on Gaza. Pro-Palestinian manifestations are held everywhere in the world, people take to the streets to ask for the bombings to stop. Protest marches tend to get more and more violent.

In such a dire and tense conjuncture, the international community and institutions keep an almost perfect immobility. It looks as if Gaza is located on a distant planet and help cannot be extended. Civilians are systematically assassinated, which is diligently relayed through social media, but world governments (with the notable exceptions of Central American countries and Turkey) hardly issue condemnations. The U.N. Security Council met eventually to ask for an immediate cease-fire, which was sabotaged after a couple of hours, as usual. The population of Gaza is being held hostage for the conflict between its leaders and Israel.

In the globalised world of today, anybody can relay information in a matter of seconds through a simple cell phone, therefore censoring information is not possible anymore, and no one can invoke the excuse of not being properly informed. Still there is no tangible reaction at the level of governments against the tragedy in Gaza.

The EU general Affairs Council convened to discuss the retaliatory measures against Russia, after the shooting of Malaysian passenger plane. It did not produce any tangible result, however the same EU has not felt until now to convene a meeting to discuss the Gaza tragedy and to stop the bloodbath.

The Arab revolution was the third social tidal wave in the world, after the Latin American democratic reforms and the Eastern European developments. Latin America could carry out its democratic transition chiefly because the U.S. has allowed liberal and leftist movements to take the power, after the Communist threat was over. In Europe, ex-socialist countries could carry out the same transition mainly due to the support of the EU.

The overall situation after the Arab revolutions obviously pleased nobody, so long as democratically elected governments are either dethroned through coups or civil wars are fomented to contain democratic elections. We do not have a "Palestinian issue" today in the Middle East, it is far more relevant to talk about an Israeli issue and a "counter-revolution". The Likud coalition in Israel obviously thought that the status quo in Egypt and Syria was preferable to a democratic transition and new regimes. Russia, on the other hand, did not wish to abandon its former allies and remain an international actor. Iran has entered the game as if there was not enough problems in the Middle East. As a result, the Arab revolution was betrayed and the field has been occupied by sectarian and terrorist movements, or at best by conventional authoritarian regimes.

The trouble for the democratic community all over the world is to remain totally passive against the Gaza tragedy and still to profess universal principles such as human rights, basic rights and freedoms. This will not convince anybody anymore. As Noam Chomsky succinctly described "This is not war, this is murder." Democratic regimes are still paying the price for not having intervened in Bosnia in 1992, and for not having stopped the military intervention in Iraq in 2002. Not intervening to stop the bloodshed in Gaza will have even more dreadful consequences.

Let us not be mistaken, this is not only the issue of halting the bombings over Gaza anymore, this has become a challenge for all democratic regimes to remain as a "role model" for the populations all around the world.

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