Have you noticed that now there is this dreadful trouble in Egypt then Syria has completely disappeared from news bulletins? It seems that only while it is deemed 'newsworthy' is it worth putting the so-called top names (Frank Gardner, Jeremy Bowen etc) there. Once the fighting becomes entrenched then everything moves on to a new field of conflict.
And on the same subject - do we really need to impinge so much on peoples' distress that we can see close-ups of bodies being carried up the stairs, people with life-threatening injuries, row upon row on wrapped dead bodies with grieving relatives by their sides? All this is usually preceded by us being told by the news reader that the following scenes 'you may find distressing'. You bet we do - but not half as distressing as the people involved.
Humanity will never learn will it. Surely we all agree that there is one God (assuming we believe in God), so may we not worship him in the way we see fit?
And while I am on the subject of wars - there is this terrible territorial thing. Why are we all so territorial? When man first began to evolve in Africa and then migrated Northwards and then settled in various places or moved on, was there immediately this thing about 'this is my spot so don't you dare to come into it'!
I know we can't all go and live in affluent countries, even if we can raise the money to get there. But I find the dreadful racialist ideas, the fighting over boundaries and the like appalling. WH Auden said it all with his lines, "He was talking of you and me my dear" in his poem about fascism. **
When I think about it we are even territorial individually aren't we? We surround our properties with fences and we get mortally offended if anyone interferes with these. Robert Frost touched on it when he said 'good fences make good neighbours' - yes, if the fence breaks down we can easily fall out about where it should be.
And, come to think of it, animals are also territorial aren't they? Dogs protect their territory to the death - as do many other animals.
** Refugee Blues by W H Auden,