When Will We Stop?

No matter what I do lately to escape watching the news especially about the Middle East and what’s going on in Syria, I can’t. I don’t want to believe that such cruelty can still be committed by human beings against fellow human beings. I refuse to believe that humanity is lost forever and that there is nothing left but evil in this world. I do not want to listen or watch because to quote Cicero:

“If we are forced every hour, to watch or listen to horrible events, this constant stream of ghastly impressions will deprive even the most delicate among us of all respect for humanity.”

When I logged into Facebook early this morning I couldn’t help but notice a friend’s status:

‘When our hatred of the Assad Regime makes us lose our priorities! Christians and moderate Muslims are being systematically massacred and annihilated by the Al-Nusra Front opposition rebels with Al Qaida ties!’

While the whole world is anxiously waiting to find out whether the United States is going to bomb Syria, while all eyes are on president Obama and whether or not he will give the go ahead to punish president Assad, the rebels are continuing their atrocities inside the country, torturing and killing innocent people, burning their homes and churches. The latest is the invasion of Maaloula, the historic and one of the oldest Christian villages in the outskirts of Damascus. The news reads:

‘The siege of Maaloula, a village of about 2,000 where people still speak a version of Aramaic, began early Wednesday in classic Islamic terrorist fashion when a Jabhat al-Nusra rebel blew himself up at a regime checkpoint near the entrance to the village.’


I stop at that. I cannot continue. Having personally been through civil war, having been held at gunpoint by members of some militia group, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I cannot but feel helpless and depressed. This is only in one part of the country. Who knows what’s happening elsewhere in the country.

Rabbi Richard Rubenstein wrote:

“How fragile are the bonds of civility and decency that keep any kind of human community from utter collapse.”

And for the millionth time I ask why. Why? Why? Why? Why in God’s name do humans have to suffer in the hands of other human beings? What or who gives these gunmen or these dictators the right to commit these crimes? Why in this day and age, in this digital world that we are living in, is it not possible to stop such crimes from being committed? When will we stop all this? When, to quote Eleanor Roosevelt:

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent misery rather than avenge it?”


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