Two pictures in the Philippine Daily Inquirer a couple of days ago said it all. One showed three dead Palestinian children, killed in Gaza by an Israeli bomb. Another, in the inside pages, showed three Israeli children playing inside a bomb shelter hiding from Hamas rocket attacks. After over a week of Israeli attacks, more than 660 Palestinians dead, most of them non-combatants, including 215 children and 98 women. At a clearly marked United Nations refugee center, an Israeli attack killed 40 people and wounded 100. Another 2950 people have been wounded in the whole of Gaza.
Talk of "human security" asserts a prerogative of the powerful to say whose rights are to be respected, whose not respected, and to say who shall be system of domination now in place -– a risky thing, given that “stabilisation” practices have a way of triggering a lot of instability.