Thursday, July 10, 2014
Cycles Of Violence
I'm not really a fan of the "endless cycle of violence" framing because it absolves the participants of any responsibility.
I'm not sure it absolves anybody of responsibility. If anything, it heightens the blame for all parties, suggesting just how irrational it all is and that it will continue if somebody doesn't stop making the whole world blind.
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What I mean is that if a conflict is portrayed as part of an "endless cycle of violence", that has been going on since the dawn of recorded history, then how can anyone be expected to stop it? If it's endless, it cannot end, so
my side is justified in being as ruthless as possible because otherwise the other side will be ruthless to me.
The video also perpetuates the idea that the I-P conflict is part of a larger cycle if violence that stretches back to biblical times when really it is a product of 19th and 20th century notions of nationalism and colonialism.
Posted by: upyernoz | Jul 10, 2014 5:16:24 PM