In fairness, the media here haven't exactly been covering this 24/7 either and there's been even less about Lebanon. We do get more about Iraq because Americans are involved, very little about Darfur, but more about Paris Hilton. I don't get it myself. Maybe it's a lack of gravitas in general, or maybe people just don't know what to do. It's easier to fiddle while Rome burns than to confront and engage difficult, taxing problems. We have many: the environment, the global economy, regional wars and conflicts and terrorism. But we've got to summon the will to do the dirty work. We've got to find the compassion to keep caring about Palestinian civilians, and about the people dying in Lebanon, Iraq and Darfur and beyond. Somehow, money must be raised, forces mustered to at least ensure humanitarian needs are met. And at some point the EU, the UN, G8, the Arabs themselves, must realize there really are dark forces and align themselves with those trying to fight them.
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from the article: The bystanders