Victims and perpetrators: double standards

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The whole world has stopped – and rightly so – to reflect on the photo of little Aylan Al-Kurdi. During the same journey died also his older brother and his mother. A heart-breaking picture, that has awakened the consciences of many peoples and those of their leaders. Yet, it we had already seen similar images in the past, such as those of the Christian children killed last December. The news was given by the English vicar in Baghdad, Andrew White, who belongs to the Anglican church. Islamic terrorists have beheaded four kids who were less than 15-year old, because they had refused to convert to Islam. Some of the photos of their bodies fool of blood arrived on the tables of the international newsrooms, but somehow the media decided not to draw attention to them, and leave them hidden between the folds of the news that are horrible, but belong to a given “day”, without the kind of breath that makes it become a sign of the times.

One can say: nobody can decide a priori the  unsearchable paths of the news that go “viral”, those that make an image become “historical” or that suddenly decide on the agenda of all the international media. Probably, but it is more than that. Speaking of the atrocities of ISIS, for example, we are all prone to condemning those who crush any manifestation of dissent, inhibits freedom of religion, kills his opponents, commits brutal crimes, and annihilates freedom of thought. Yet, as long as those who commit atrocities are fundamentalists dressed in black “we are all Charlie Hebdo”, but when to do so are bloodthirsty dictators like Kim Jong II Un (who killed, not so long ago, a general guilty of having fallen asleep during a long institutional appointment) or totalitarian regimes as those in the Middle East (11 Countries out of 18), in Africa (15 out of 48), or in China, we forget to go out in the streets in order to protest. Governments continue their business, people look, but do not see, hear but do not listen.

In our hearts there is enough ‘fuel’ for a single episode (the attack in Paris, Aylan’s death), but we are not ready to burden our consciences constantly with all the atrocities that happen around us. A little because of the politicians who have other priorities, a little because of the world of the great information doped by the strong powers, that are more  interested in having their finance growing steadily rather than the population finally free. And partially, all of us are to blame as well. It is the hypocrisy of the contemporary society, able to collect thousands of signatures to open a kennel, but which turns its face away from a starving child. As long as the picture showing its face is not on the social media…

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