Theater of Cruelty

Why are some victims more worthy than others?

UKRAINE / Sometimes our humanitarian values ​​disappear overnight. Will the rest of the world participate in the West's 'moral parade' over the war in Ukraine?


The war in Ukraine and the humanitarian tragedy shocks, and these emotions can bring out the best and the worst in us. In a Europe and a world where security interests are organized in opposition, perhaps our humanity is the only thing that can unite us. If the starting point is to reduce the suffering of Ukrainians, diplomacy between the conflicting parties can work. But to what extent is our natural humanity something that motivates us to unite, or something that can be manipulated to divide us?

Moralism with strategic interests?

The The Washington Post reports that much of the world outside NATO deem our moral outrage inconsistent, hypocritical and racist. The newspaper refers to Western media coverage where the journalists argue that Ukraine is completely different from Iraq or Afghanistan, as it is "a relatively civilized, relatively European" state. The Washington Post also criticizes that some journalists very openly explain that this war is particularly upsetting because the people fleeing have blond hair and blue eyes.

Why are some victims more worthy than others? Over half a million Iraqi children died as a result of sanctions in the 1990s, and more than a million died in the 2003 invasion – but we didn't close a single McDonald's to punish the US. NATO's destruction of Libya continues to create suffering, and the resulting terrorism has spread throughout Africa. In Yemen, hundreds of thousands have been killed in a US-backed genocide, but these victims hardly deserve a place in the media.

But is it only ethnic groups that matter for the value of sacrifice, or is it driven by cold strategic interests? When the US supported the ethnic cleansing of more than 200 innocent Serbs in Croatia, there was not a single sanction. In Kosovo we were outraged by Albanian victims, but the crimes against the Serbs became a footnote in NATO's illegal attack on a European nation.

Sometimes our humanitarian values ​​disappear overnight. We occupied Afghanistan for 20 years ostensibly to help the Afghans, and when the Taliban took control, we were horrified at how the civilian population would suffer without NATO. The US therefore punished Afghanistan with sanctions which are now leading to a humanitarian disaster in the country – but suddenly we no longer care about the Afghan civilian population. In Ukraine, we did not care about the children and grandmothers who were blown to pieces for eight years, but now our humanity and empathy will be used as a weapon.

Russia-hating with liberal legitimacy

The Russian hatred, which has been covered up behind a liberal facade, is now unleashed. Obama's ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, wrote: “There are no more 'innocent', 'neutral' Russians. Everyone must make a choice – support or oppose this war.” Americans are now suddenly moral advocates, and with theirs moralske slogan, we are now heading down a very dark road.

Russian athletes, writers, chess players, hotel guests and others are to be excluded from the West.

Now 145 million Russian men, women and children are to be driven out into poverty. We do not want to understand Russia. Our morality demands censorship by shutting down Russian TV channels. Russian athletes, writers, chess players, hotel guests and others are to be excluded from the West. American politicians demonize Russian students as "children of rich Russians" and demand that they all be deported. A British politician requires that all Russians to be deported from the UK. Ethnic Russian children who go to school in Norway are informed of how terrible their country is, and leave with their heads bowed.

But Indian Media points out that the rest of the world will not participate in the West's "moral parade» over the war in Ukraine as NATO shares blame for this conflict after ignoring Russian security interests for decades. This does not mean that the world supports Russia's illegal invasion, which is seen as dangerous and destabilizing. After decades of illegal wars and millions of victims, the outside world does not accept the West's moral authority.

In this terrible conflict, Ukrainian victims have become one piece , worm power game. , the Opagandists appeal to the best in our nature – to make us do the worst.

- self-advertisement -

Recent Comments:

Siste artikler

Being in the opposing position

ŽIŽEK: Despite the fact that he has been a public intellectual for at least 30 years, there has never before been such a multifaceted and nuanced discussion of Slavoj Žižek's thinking as the one we see in the current anthology. But does Žižek recognize the revolutionary potential of desire?

Doesn't the ground hurt, brother?

ANIMALS: Ethically speaking, we are way overtime with our treatment of the non-human animals. Many of these have emotions such as fear, pity and sadness. We shouldn't eat animals, but what if we get sick from not doing so?

Personal and impressionistic war pictures

NORWEGIAN GAME FILM: 83-year-old Knut Erik Jensen is back with Longing for the present. A film that does not fit neatly into the ranks of modern Norwegian blockbusters about the Second World War.

Criticism as a role-playing game?

LITERATURE: The informal contexts where one could try and fail without having to stand up for every careless word have shrunk. In Eirik Vassenden's 229-page book about the critic, there are no fewer than 317 question marks. We also ask: Do literary scholars necessarily have any advantage when it comes to human knowledge, life experience or social understanding?

The Other – as a suffering being?

PHILOSOPHY: Wolfram Eilenberger describes here the struggle four philosophers – Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Ayn Rand and Simone Weil fought to become independent people. The book succeeds well in putting them in context with the current events they got involved in and at the same time tried to get out of.

To bring thinking as close to life as possible

NIETZSCHE: Once it was faith in a God or a political party, today it is faith in work, consumption and the economy – that is, myself. According to Gilles Deleuze, what can one learn from Nietzsche?

The nature/human web

ANTHROPOCEN: The combined effects of our environmental impact have become a force on a par with volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, ice ages, floods and droughts. Can the 'anthropocene' as a concept, time phase and reality be interpreted at the intersection between (natural) science and politics today?

The animals in our world of fables and symbols

NATURE:How the world has looked from the animals' point of view – how mammals, reptiles, insects, birds and fish have reacted to us – has been absent from our imaginary world. When nature seemed threatening, it had to be fought.

I was completely out of the world

Essay: The author Hanne Ramsdal tells here what it means to be put out of action – and come back again. A concussion leads, among other things, to the brain not being able to dampen impressions and emotions.

Silently disciplining research

PRIORITIES: Many who question the legitimacy of the US wars seem to be pressured by research and media institutions. An example here is the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO), which has had researchers who have historically been critical of any war of aggression – who have hardly belonged to the close friends of nuclear weapons.

Is Spain a terrorist state?

SPAIN: The country receives sharp international criticism for the police and the Civil Guard's extensive use of torture, which is never prosecuted. Regime rebels are imprisoned for trifles. European accusations and objections are ignored.

Is there any reason to rejoice over the coronary vaccine?

COVID-19: There is no real skepticism from the public sector about the coronary vaccine – vaccination is recommended, and the people are positive about the vaccine. But is the embrace of the vaccine based on an informed decision or a blind hope for a normal everyday life?

The military commanders wanted to annihilate the Soviet Union and China, but Kennedy stood in the way

Military: We focus on American Strategic Military Thinking (SAC) from 1950 to the present. Will the economic war be supplemented by a biological war?


Bjørnboe: In this essay, Jens Bjørneboe's eldest daughter reflects on a lesser – known psychological side of her father.

Arrested and put on smooth cell for Y block

Y-Block: Five protesters were led away yesterday, including Ellen de Vibe, former director of the Oslo Planning and Building Agency. At the same time, the Y interior ended up in containers.

A forgiven, refined and anointed basket boy

Pliers: The financial industry takes control of the Norwegian public.

Michael Moore's new film: Critical to alternative energy

EnvironmentFor many, green energy solutions are just a new way to make money, says director Jeff Gibbs.

The pandemic will create a new world order

Mike Davis: According to activist and historian Mike Davis, wild reservoirs, like bats, contain up to 400 types of coronavirus that are just waiting to spread to other animals and humans.

The shaman and the Norwegian engineer

cohesion: The expectation of a paradise free of modern progress became the opposite, but most of all, Newtopia is about two very different men who support and help each other when life is at its most brutal.

Skinless exposure

Anorexia: shameless uses Lene Marie Fossen's own tortured body as a canvas for grief, pain and longing in her series of self portraits – relevant both in the documentary self Portrait and in the exhibition Gatekeeper.