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Overwhelmed by War

Just Too Much News!

The warmongers of the world are very inconsiderate. There are just too many conflicts to keep up with. Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza. How can you possibly remain informed? I feel overwhelmed by all of it; the scale of the suffering, the levels of evil, the tangled never-ending history. I've given up trying to understand the history and reasons for these conflicts. I feel a bit guilty- shouldn't I at least try to understand? I form opinions based on soundbites, images and gut feeling. All of the conflicts are complex and nuanced and you would have to study then 24/7 to keep well informed.

I think the "West" - especially the UK and the USA would be best to base their policy on a few simple principles:-

- Never sell arms to undemocratic countries

- Never support organizations/regimes that murder innocent children

- Only intervene to prevent the massacre of ethnic minorities

There seems to be little hope in all these conflicts but Northern Ireland and South Africa showed that talking, reconciliation, statesmanship and love can win over war.

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Ellis wrote on August 19, 2014, 11:46 AM

The West has only made a bad situation worse ...certainly in the middle east..

suffolkjason wrote on August 19, 2014, 11:53 AM

I agree. The public get it, I'm not sure the establishment does.

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2014, 8:14 PM

I think it is totally stupid to sell or give arms to unstable countries or to train their military. It seems both training and arms are then eventually used against us. I'm also against giving aid to the governments of such nations because it normally doesn't ever do much but enrich the leadership while the people continue to suffer.

AliCanary wrote on August 19, 2014, 10:24 PM

Yeah, we have got to get out of the arms dealing business--that's just bullshit. I think we are doing okay in Iraq at the moment, but we always seem to get caught between people who criticize us for interfering and people who fuss that we aren't doing enough to help. Crikey--just can't win!

AliCanary wrote on August 19, 2014, 10:25 PM

I agree--it's quite disgusting that we give billions in aid to Pakistan, and they knowingly harbored bin Laden for years. The corruption and callousness are just appalling in some places.