We all know the feeling, when the lines between good and evil fades, black and white turns grey. It is easy to be in a news room or at a conference analyzing war in Syria, a land far away, but when the war hits home, in the streets of a city seven hours drive from yours, things get blurry.
Narratives get smudged, paranoia reigns, fear increases, not just of more attacks, but of reprisals. Western Europe hasn’t seen urban warfare of this scale on her streets since Second World War. All that changed overnight with Paris under curfew, the first time since 1941.
The Eiffel Tower went dark, like a Nazi bombing raid. And with the massacre inside Bataclan, and the stories of people being butchered one by one, the mind raced back to another winter night in Mumbai seven years back; same modus operandi, same style, same result.
However, the work of a Political Scientist is to analyse, being bereft of emotions. So here’s a recap of my primary predictions regarding Paris attacks, in my first column of the week.
On the other hand, it is just hopeless in Israel and Palestine, where the two state solution is probably dead for good. My second column of the week.
In sadness, on behalf of the team from B&D. I Hope your weekend is better.