If there’s one thing that should reduce everyone of us to impotent fury, it’s the platitudes and hypocritical pronouncements of politicians and world leaders responding to a catastrophe.
The BBC recently announced that British prime minister, David Cameron, just tweeted:
I’ve just called UN Secretary General underlining the need for a strong commitment to an international investigation into #MH17 disaster.”
Oh, great! That’ll make the families of the victims feel so much better. Yes, we should expect him to do that as a matter of course, but why does he need to tweet about it to the world, as though he’s performed some great service to us all?
Meanwhile, Obama struts the White House lawn like an arrogant peacock uttering threats of what he’ll do to Russia, if it turns out their weapons are responsible for shooting down the passenger jet. We all know it’s nothing more than hot air, and a failed attempt to pretend he’s still the leader of the free world.
No doubt Vladimir Putin is having a hissy fit in the Kremlin, striding the floor, red-faced and apoplectic, demanding to know who was responsible for this enormous faux pas. Surely, in a manner reminiscent of Kaiser Wilhelm’s response to his advisers when he discovered the British had not, as he’d mistakenly been misinformed, negotiated French neutrality in the days prior to the outbreak of WW1.
If there are any lessons from the tragedy of Flight MH17, it is that the power struggles of ego-manic politicians, and their constant manoeuvrings of minority groups to their own political ends, will inevitably result in tragedy, catastrophe, and untold suffering to the ordinary people of this planet.
When it occurs, those politically responsible will resort to the overly-familiar, worn-out platitudes, ordering us to: ‘pray for the victims and their families’; that ‘those responsible will be brought to justice’, and ‘ I’ve just called UN Secretary General underlining the need for a strong commitment to an international investigation into #MH17 disaster’.
And yet, we never learn.
Meanwhile, in Gaza…