CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
As hundreds of millions of ordinary citizens rally around the world to demand a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the rest of the world watches on with either sheer confusion or psychopathic indifference.
Sadly, just like when millions marched against the War in Iraq, and millions marched against Vietnam – it seems the desperate pleas of the people are no match for the military-industrial machine.
High above the streets, in boardrooms of skyscrapers, in yacht clubs and on Parliament house floors – these simple requests are being denied by people who know more about the world because they are smarter and richer than the rest.
Local super smart businessman and political figure, Warren McPherson (66, Betoota Grove) is one of these people.
He says he really wishes a ceasefire was that simple – but unfortunately it’s a very complex situation over there.
This comes as the Gaza Health Ministry confirms that the death toll among Palestinians has passed 8,000, mostly women and children, as the 5th biggest army in the world begins pursuing what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “second stage” in defending themselves.
With communication channels cut off, and tight restrictions on access to humanitarian aid and fresh water, this death toll is without precedent in decades of Israeli-Palestinian violence – as the Israeli Forces scorch the earth with rocket attacks ignited by Hamas’ brutal October 7 incursion.
Over 1,400 people have died on the Israeli side, mainly civilians killed during the initial attack, also an unprecedented figure.
On Friday, the United Nations general assembly overwhelmingly called for an “immediate, durable and sustainable humanitarian truce” between Israel and Hamas and demanded unhindered aid access to the besieged Gaza Strip.
120 nations voted in favour and only 14 – including the US and Israel – voting no.
Meanwhile, 45 countries – including Australia, the UK, Germany, India and Canada – abstained from voting because it’s just so complicated.
The fact that the Western World’s leaders can’t call a spade a spade – and openly call for an end to space-age rockets and bloodthirsty terrorists killing children – epitomises the detachment between the political class and everyday people that has lead to a terrifying increase in reactionary voting and harmful misinformation.
Normal people – try as they may – are unable to look past the violence and bloodshed of innocent civillians. Not like our leaders can, anyway.
But people like Warren, who mingle with the elites, insist that it really is bit too complicated to draw a line in the sand.
“A lot of people don’t know what they are talking about” he says, referring to protestors begging their elected officials to help end the slaughter of innocent children.
“It’s actually really complex”