Sunday 19 August 2018

Logic leaves the building as the Middle East burns

Existential war: Palestinian protesters gather near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Photo: AP
Existential war: Palestinian protesters gather near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Photo: AP
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

If there's one thing politicians hate and fear more than anything else, it's the dreaded law of unintended consequences.

Sometimes it can be something relatively trivial - the recent admission by an Irish politician that they didn't expect the smoking ban to inspire people to gather in groups outside pubs for a communal cigarette is a perfect example of that.

But while the fact that some politicians don't look at the big picture and see all the potential ramifications of their decisions is an unfortunate part of the job, there are other times when the unintended consequences of their actions were screamingly obvious and they go ahead with their decision in the full knowledge that the consequences of their decisions will be disastrous.

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