We should learn what to learn from history

Most of you probably know why, in the last days, PM Netanyahu was strongly criticized. For those of you who don’t know what happened: at the 37th Zionist World Congress, Netanyahu claimed that the Holocaust perpetuated by Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler, was actually inspired by Haj Amin Al-Husseini.

Al-Husseini was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1937. He was well known for his antisemitic ideals and he’s currently considered a father of islamic fundamentalism. Not a nice guy, for sure. This fact given, some of you might be wondering why Netanyahu’s statement was widely discussed by media. Well, a very problematic aspect of Netanyahu’s statement is that historians don’t agree with him. Many scholars have indeed discussed the idealistic and historical connections between the Mufti and the Fuhrer. Yet, there are not evidence supporting the idea that Hitler was convinced by Al-Husseini to adopt the “final solution”.

Apart from that, Netanyahu’s speech deserves to be criticized for a more practical reason. In 2014, the 75% of the popolation of Israel was jewish and the 20% was arab. One every five citizens of Israel is Arab. In the last months, Israel has been characterized by the outbreak of a new wave of violence generated by religious and ethnic unresolved conflicts. Claiming that a palestinian inspired the murdering of 6.000.000 jews, could exacerbate the situation in a very delicate moment of the country.

If Netanyahu wishes to be considered the leader of multi-national state, rather than the leader of a religious group, he should apologize. We, people of the world, are sick and tired of unrealistic interpretations of history that fuel contemporary conflicts.

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When a civil war becomes an instrument of propaganda

During the cold war, Space exploration mirrored the competition between Russia and the US. It was Russia Vs. US; Soviet Space Program Vs. NASA; Vostok Vs. Apollo and Jurij Gagarin Vs. Neil Armstrong. Each super-power wished to demonstrate its technological superiority and implicitly, lay the fundations of its ideological dominance. Propaganda.

Nowadays, Syria is the object of a new competition between Russia and the US. Both the countries claim to have rightful purposes and both the country justify their interventions with ethical arguments. Certainly, both the superpowers have their reasons to interfer and for the moment i will not tell you whose interference i consider more legitimate.The issue here is that, while the mankind benefitted technologically from space exploration, the conflict in Syria has terrible pragmatic consequences. The sad truth is that Russian military support to Bashar al-Assad and American strategic support to the rebels, are worsening the situation for a civilian population already exhausted. How can we think that a possible resolution for the civil conflict is making the parts involved more able to kill each other? Maybe, the instability of the country could only be challenged from the outside, but if the price for that has to be paid with human lives, no one in Syria will benefit from what is going on now. The biggest problem is that both the governments are using evidence from the conflict in Syria to influence their images outside their countries. Dropping bombs or tons of weapons, seem to be new instruments of propaganda.

Who will get to the moon first?

 

-What the Us did: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/us-airdrops-50-tonnes-of-weapons-to-new-syrian-rebel-coalition-a6692126.html

– What Russia did: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/evidence-mounts-russian-cluster-bomb-syria-151012081654030.html

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Hi, i’m Emanuele and this is my blog. I’m an undergrad. student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton and i have a true interest in issues of geopolitics and globalization. In the next future i will comment on the most important news regarding international politics, but i’ll also tell you about my dissertation and my academic progresses.

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