Cognitive Dissonance

Kirby Urner
5 min readMar 13, 2024

A popular opening in debates about the fate of Gaza and its people is that it’s an open air prison. Beyond being a prison, however, we have to accept that most of those there have never been permitted to move anywhere else, but not because of any “crime” beyond being born in Gaza (not a crime).

A kind of malign neglect and condescending authoritarianism forces them to stay in place. The United Nations is complicit.

This is how it is in many nations, not just for those in Palestine: you’re born in Bangladesh, so you must stay in Bangladesh; you’re born in Sri Lanka so…