We take our right to play with the lives of others completely for granted because the people we model ourselves upon constantly convey to us the idea that this is normal. Teachers teach it in the schools, media analysts and pundits have never even questioned that such a stance is problematic and the problems we do face are ones that show us to ourselves as we wish to be seen: compassionate to our (Jewish) poor and our sick, outraged by mistreatment of Ethiopian immigrants in Petah Tikva schools, saddened and galvanised by the misfortunes of the earthquaked and tsunamied far, far away, compassionate with the occasional terminally sick cancer patient who, even when Gazan or Iranian, can no longer hurt us. It starts at school. We are reaping the pollution we have sown; the season of Nobel laureates will be over in a year or two.
Iraq calls Turkish assault on Kurdish militants a dangerous escalation (Reuters)
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