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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Dousing the shrubbery while the house burns down

I find it fascinating that of all the conflicts today which threaten world peace and security, only the Israel-Palestinian conflict seem to absolutely, positively require an immediate resolution... you know,  'before the window of opportunity closes'. 

All the other conflicts in the world - old and new - regardless of the number of casualties and/or the impact on regional/global stability, are allowed to fester indefinitely.

What defies logic is where the world places its priorities in terms of which conflicts require immediate diplomancy and/or intervention and which can be left to their own devices.

To illustrate the disconnect, here is a short list of the current conflicts, along with the year the conflict began, the total number of fatalities to date, and the number of fatalities in 2011 (if known):

Conflicts
[Source]

You don't have to have a degree in International Relations or have any particular expertise in Geopolitical thinking to look at that list and see where the world should be placing its priorities/efforts.

But somehow the United Nations, European Union, United States, Arab League, et al, seem determined to maintain their laser focus on the one conflict that should be left to the belligerents to sort out by themselves.

Call me cynical, but this seems a lot like dousing the shrubbery with a fire hose while the house continues to burn down.

Posted by David Bogner on April 1, 2012 | Permalink

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Why are you picking on the Muslims? 80% of the conflicts you listed here have Muslims on one side, the other side, or both sides!

Posted by: Mark | Apr 2, 2012 6:07:11 AM

These figures make no sense.
See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_casualties_of_war#cite_note-2
" On the other hand, in 2010 Yom Hazikaron, Israel honored the memory of 22,684 soldiers killed since 1860 in the line of duty for the independence, preservation and protection of the nation, and 3,971 civilian terror victims.[2][5][6]"

Posted by: Chareidi Chutznik | Apr 2, 2012 8:43:30 AM

Chareidi Chutznik,

Trep's statistic is (probably) referring to total number of deaths in Israel-Palestinian conflict(Israelis and Palestinians combined). A subset of Israel-Arab conflict.

Your statistics is referring to total number of dead Israelis in the Israel-Arab conflict. The cumulative fatalities of Israel-Arab conflict is over 90k according to wiki.

Posted by: finngoy | Apr 2, 2012 9:51:34 AM

finngoy... Exactly. Thank you.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 2, 2012 12:15:31 PM

Well done. Although it seems to me that you could have easily proven your point via the last item on your list. How anyone could have the chutzpa to lean on Israel while, right next door, the Assads seem intent on murdering every last one of their own citizens, is nothing short of amazing.

Posted by: psachya | Apr 3, 2012 4:59:37 AM

I wonder how many casualties listed for the Israeli Palestinian conflict are actually specifically from Isral or Palestinians per se. Bet the number is even lower.

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Apr 11, 2012 10:24:13 PM

Do not forget Congo. I don't know the annual number, but over the last 15 years at least 5 million have been killed.

www.economist.com/node/18617876


Posted by: Lisa | Apr 12, 2012 9:31:43 PM

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