In an article in The Guardian last Friday, Giles Fraser, reflecting on the situation in Gaza, concluded,
"Poets understand tragedy better than politicians. For what makes tragedy
tragic is not that the situation is sad (there are other words for
that) but that it is where the sloganising binaries of right and wrong
no longer function as a useful guide. Which is why making peace means
leaving the protected place where we are right."
A farce is where no one is fully right, and no one gets hurt. A tragedy is where no one is fully right, but everyone gets hurt.