Who Cares about Omar Khadr?
By Debbie Menon
"He ordained... that if anyone killed a person... it would be as if he had killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind."
Surah 5, Al Mâidah, 32.
"Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Romans 13:9
Get it? People of Faith?
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Regardless of what this woman was doing in Afghanistan, proselytizing Christianity or not, she did not deserve to be killed. If her presence or her activities were offensive or distasteful, there are other remedies. One of the cornerstones of Islam is supposed to be tolerance, brotherhood, hospitality and protection of the innocent and the defenseless.
Those who call themselves Muslims who have killed this woman are even greater hypocrites than the Christians and democrats who send troops into foreign countries to "save their souls for Christ," or to "bring Freedom and Democracy" to the masses by killing or enslaving them.
There will be those who will say she knew what she was doing, knew it was risky, and assumed the risk. More than likely they will be friends or like-minded people who are simply trying to honor and justify her "sacrifice" and present her to the world as yet another "fallen soldier of Christ."
I regard her as neither a soldier nor servant. I think she was a dupe, led perhaps by persuasive belief or a sense of misplaced obligation of service to others who may or may not have needed or wanted her, into a dangerous situation where she became the victim of a murder conspiracy by a body of men who were looking for someone to kill in a spectacular way, in order to deliver what they might have thought of as an "important" message.
Whatever the message intended, the message received is one of infamy, murder and unwarranted violence against the innocent and defenseless.
Men who truly believe in their Faith, whatever their Faith, should not feel threatened by anyone who preaches differences, questions or debates their Faith, And, if they have doubts, killing is not going to resolve their weaknesses or failures in Faith.
In this instance killing is definitely a self-defeating action.
This is bad business, not only for the victim, but for the murderers, for they, their kin, their people, their clan, and those of their Faith will suffer and pay for this in the end.
The Law of the Faith which these men profess drives them tells us that what they have done is a grievous wrong; murder in the worst sense because this was a defenseless woman, a guest in their home and country, whose safety they, in their service to God whom they acknowledge, yet in whose name they kill, are responsible for.
Her motives for being there were perhaps, naive and innocent.
The motives of her murderers are inexcusable, and unforgivable.
I woke up this morning thinking there must be a way out. There Must be Peace and Harmony created through intelligent negotiations education and faith.
PRO FIDE, PRO ULTIMATE HOMINUM "FOR THE FAITH AND IN THE SERVICE OF HUMANITY"
Blessed be the memory of Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent, of the GREAT OTTOMAN EMPIRE, who created a refuge for all victims of persecution; Jews, Muslims and Christians and the empire flourished and prospered. A great king does not kill but educates and turns men to GOD. We are created to be Stewards of this great magnificent empire, to protect it from corruption and violence. Blessed may be the memory of Suleiman, for what he did... but that was in his time. We live in an era where there are no greats..., Kings, Emperors or otherwise. Even the evil-doers do not approach the heights of evil of our ancestors of like character and disposition... though they try!
I am reminded by a recent quote from a not unwise man referring to the Crusades, "that was then, this is now." Yes, God will punish evil-doers, etc., etc., etc. but this is now and that shall be whenever it happens, which is not yet now. Today, crime does indeed pay, and very well, thank you!
I rebuke and deplore all violence done to innocent women and children especially in the villages of Afghanistan, Wazaristan, and the Bantustans in Palestine and as I have so sadly witnessed in videos by soldiers in IRAQ. GOD will punish all evil-doers who disrespect innocents for exploitation, amusement, degradation and humiliation and political gains. This also applies to child soldiers in Guantanamo (who are probably no longer minors) who according to the Geneva Convention are to be granted DIGNITY.
Blessed are the Peace Makers that help keep our families and children safe from those who seek to oppress us and exploit us! Blessed are the Peacemakers, and they shall find it necessary to enter into the Kingdom of God before they discover lasting or even momentary Peace!
There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.
-Kofi Annan, General Secretary, United Nations
Kofi Annan, however finely he spoke, was still at heart a world class politician, as evidenced by the fact that he did no visible harm, and was caught doing even less visible good; yet he has withdrawn from high office retaining if not the highest regard of most the world, little of the opprobrium which leaders usually carry into retirement.
Chef Boyardee Spaghetti, I would classify him. Canned, mass produced; not the real thing but, as equally as inoffensive as it is unsatisfying to all. In a pinch, if there is nothing else, it will do to keep you alive until you can find a real meal.
About the author: Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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