The fog of truth in conflict zones

Posted: June 14, 2012 in Peace Building
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Dealing with the fog of truth in conflict zones is a real challenge.   There are reports and counter-reports as to what is really happening in Syria.   The issue of disputed facts, or truth as to what is happening, is always an issue in conflict zones.  It is difficult to know what to believe from reports in a climate of such intense competing interests, from parties in deadly conflict and their media resources.

This is really a situation of the public and governments forming opinions, making decisions, and acting based on insufficient information and uncertainty.    So the question is one of how to make decisions that would be right no matter what the facts may be.   Maybe the approach is to take disputed facts with a healthy dose of scepticism and act from the position of non violence, neutrality and human rights.

In this regard, perhaps the relief of suffering and the reduction of conflict should guide policy responses.  This may involve advocating strategies of first stopping the violence and care for the victims and lastly to deal with justice and reconciliation when clarity is brought to the conflict.  This is much easier said than done, and maybe not always achievable, but it is a path to walk down that I can live with.  It is a path with heart that we can demand and expect from our government.

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