In the great scheme of things, this type of activity can be viewed as deriving directly from the wider context and even representing that same context in microcosm.
Here, one thing leads to another and, before you know it, there’s a full-blown riot in progress or people die because they belong to the opposite ethnic group or just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It’s a familiar scene, one the world has encountered too many times before and, no doubt, will see again.
But we are all men and women, members of the race homo and femina sapiens. Why then do we always seem so helpless in the face of such communal dissent? Is there really nothing we can do to prevent these incidents and the retaliation that so often follows them?
If we have no adequate response for these crimes, then it doesn’t say much for our much-vaunted values, our sense of morality or the responsibilities we have towards our fellow man.
If these and other much larger issues need to addressed – and they most certainly do – how can this be done with some certainty of final closure and justice for all?
Sometimes, cracking the hardest nut will require use of the biggest hammer.
And they don’t get any bigger than this, the ultimate sanction in what is, in practice, just another ‘price-tag’ war.