Depiction of the Spiral of Violence
Or, rather, of violence against violence + terrorism against terrorism.
Among the marchers against terrorism and for freedom of expression we find leaders from France, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Turkey, Russia, the U.S., Israel, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein and Ukraine.
What do they have in common? A deep belief in violence – violence of various types:
9-10 of them presently fighting foreign wars (mostly against or in Muslim countries) or internal ones. Almost all clamping down on journalists and others with ‘wrong’ views.
Further: 3-4 of them assisting ISIS.
6-7 of them former colonial states with an often unspeakable bloodshed and brutality dwarfing even ISIS.
Then 5 nuclear weapons states, leaders in the ever-expanding NATO based on these weapons, also called the balance of – yes, right – terror. Thus willing to use weapons that will kill millions of civilians if “necessary”.
To put it crudely: What you see here are representatives of state terrorism demonstrating against non-state terrorism.
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