If tautology was a science then comparing conflicts would depend on media attention and/or Google searches. However tautology is both a self-reinforcing pretense of significant truth and a rule of replacement for logical expressions. That last sentence makes no sense and neither do media attention or Google searches.

Media attention in Europe of conflicts worldwide focuses on street demonstrations against the conflicts. No where else in the world, including America, are there street demonstrations of such kind. The street demonstrations are a barometer of the media to gauge whether or not to cover the story of the conflict; namely public interest. For example, the recent war in Gaza attracted large street demonstrations and hence the war in Gaza attracted large scale media attention. The war lasted 50 days in which 1922 Gazans and 67 Israeli’s died. A few more on each side died after the war from injuries sustained during the conflict.

Does this coverage make the war significant or not and is the coverage a significant barometer? The disparity of media attention is not balanced with casualties. For example in the civil-war in Syria since the start of the year about 30000 people have died but there have been few street demonstrations in Europe and hence little media coverage. So casualties in a war are not a factor that influence media attention but street demonstrations are.

Of course such disparity is not only about the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Middle East conflicts. Europe and indeed NATO, not to mention Russian and Ukrainian leaders and their population may feel unease about the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The media doesn’t reflect such unease with less coverage than of the Gaza war. This reinforces the understanding that casualties in a war are not a factor that influence media attention but street demonstrations are.

Google searches may be an additional second barometer to gauge significance of a conflict. Google searches are the man in the street seeking information and expressing concern even when the conflict is not covered by the media. Comparing Ukraine and Syria by Google searches shows that the former gets more searches even if 20 times more people have died in the later. This reinforces the understanding that casualties in a war are not a factor that influence public concern.

That means mass human suffering and deaths are not of real concern in media attention and Google searches. This is reinforced by looking at the bottom of the list of media attention and Google searches. Iraq was at the bottom at least until June when the Islamic State started to behead American journalists. Only two journalists so far.

These two deaths attracted substantial media coverage, substantial Google searches and air strikes by the US Air Force and other Middle Eastern countries. That sustains the axiom of the quote allegedly by Stalin “the death of one man is a tragedy, the deaths of millions is a statistic.” Perhaps governments, freedom movements, resistance movements, diplomatic corps, public diplomacy efforts,  the man in the street and others should take heed of this.

Clearly the (in)significance of Google searches and media attention of conflicts is offset by the individual and not the community, society or mankind. It is the individual victim and/or the individual hero that change the course of history. The conflicts in Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere all seek such a hero !