The tragic news of flight MH17 sent shockwaves around the world. In his latest piece in The Conversation, international politics expert Professor Mark Beeson explores the concept of international outrage and looks at the painful reminders these tragedies evoke in a world shrunk by globalisation where nowhere and no-one can be entirely confident about their security, even if the risks are comparatively small and the epicentres of conflict remain remote.
Like the London underground bombings, tragedies of this sort reveal both the vulnerability of innocent civilian populations and the cosmopolitan nature of the victims. The sense of international outrage will be multiplied as a consequence, as will the demands for action justice and – in some quarters, no doubt – revenge.
Professor Beeson explores the idea that as understandable as such sentiments may be in the immediate aftermath of such an outrage, it is vital that cool heads prevail, especially among those with the capacity to make consequential decisions.
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