By Deepak Tripathi

The finger points everywhere.            
At he who starts the fire,
He who pours oil.
Who stands quietly by,
Who screams violently.
Who condemns,
Who applauds.
The slanderer,
The glorifier.
O’ where is He?
To put out the flames.

– Deepak Tripathi is a historian of Middle East and South Asian politics and United States foreign policy. His works can be found at He contributed this article to Contact him at:

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