Distant carnage: Out of sight ...

ATROCITIES in faraway places hardly ever provoke the kind of reaction a car bomb or a shooting in a city we might have visited once upon a time do.

A terror attack in Peshawar does not resonate with us as loudly as an attack in Paris might. Distance and a lack of familiarity all contribute to something close enough to disinterest in carnage wreaked in faraway places — and we pay a heavy price for this disconnect.

Yesterday’s bomb and suicide attacks in Afghanistan fall into that category even though at least 20 people were murdered in attacks in Kabul and Badakhshan.

We should be more interested because these conflicts are, after all, the energy behind the immigration crisis doing so much to change our world and how we conduct politics. The flow of desperate people will not stop until these murderous events are greatly curtailed. Of course it is far easier to make that point than it is to give real meaning to it — and that is just another indication that we may need to review how our world works together to better realise common objectives.


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