The war between Israel and Hamas, which has been raging since October 7, has exposed the divide between the West and the Global South. Western countries have still not called for a ceasefire despite the growing number of civilian casualties in Gaza. Why this “double standard” which, among others, was condemned by King Abdullah of Jordan on October 19? Is conflict resolution possible? Insights from Bertrand Badi, sociologist specializing in international relations, professor emeritus at Sciences Po.
TelQuel: In your business “For a subjective approach to international relations”you mention the perception of events, which would ultimately be more important than the events themselves. Propaganda, especially on social media, has played a major role since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas. Are we in a war of opinion today?
Bertrand Badie: First of all, you are right when you attach this importance to perception, feeling. This corresponds very closely to the parameters of modern conflict. The wars of the past were wars of strategists pitting armies against each other and keeping public opinion mostly out of the picture. When is…