While the world is busy watching the World Cup, a lot is happening elsewhere that we as human beings should not accept.
I watched the news last night and I learned about the killings of innocent people inside their homes in Kenya because they were Christian. I saw pictures of Kessab, the Armenian town in Syria bordering Turkey, how the houses were burnt, how the churches were vandalized. When I watched the destruction I asked myself, “How did we allow this to happen?”
In a century so advanced both technologically and scientifically, we have failed as humans. We have failed because we are allowing innocent people to be tortured and killed in the hands of militias and gunmen in the name of religion. We have failed because we are watching women and young girls being gang raped in Tahrir Square in Egypt, on buses and in fields in India. We have failed because we are allowing these same terrorists to kidnap teenage girls, students, and sell them in the name of Allah or God! We have failed because innocent children and women and men are being slaughtered in the name of democracy in Syria and in Iraq.
We constantly worry about the economy, about the environment, while these atrocities against innocent civilians continue around the world. Perhaps I am mistaken to think that we just sit empty handed and try to find someone to blame or wait for someone to take responsibility.
What good is the environment, the economy, science or technology, if home and school are not a safe haven for people in some parts of the world. I get shivers when I think of the kind of example we are setting and the kind of world we would be leaving our children and grandchildren.
Robert Fisk wrote:
“War is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death. It represents the total failure of the human spirit.”
As human beings can we join our voices to theirs? How can we stop all this? Or is it to late to do so?