Paris Attacks Highlight Western Vulnerability, And Our Selective Grief And Outrage – New Matilda

But the bombings in Lebanon drew no tweet from Malcolm Turnbull, no social media statement from Barack Obama, no live media blogs from Western media, no wall-to-wall media coverage. And no twitter hashtags from Australians in solidarity with the Lebanese. It’s a curious state of affairs, when you consider that there are around three times as many people of Lebanese descent living in Australian, compared to French nationals. You’d think if we were able to identify with anyone, it would be with Lebanese Australians – after all, so many of them are among the most beloved in this nation, and have contributed enormously to public life

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Author: Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.

One thought on “Paris Attacks Highlight Western Vulnerability, And Our Selective Grief And Outrage – New Matilda”

  1. Rather typical of the bien pensant left to sneer at what they refer to as “selective grief”. As human beings we are surrounded by concentric circles of people we associate with and care about. The universal brotherhood of man is a lovely ideal but utterly divorced from reality. The Arabs, by the way, understand this perfectly, with the old Bedouin saying: “I, against my brothers. I and my brothers against my cousins. I and my brothers and my cousins against the world.”

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