By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Oneness of mankind
All Adam's race are members of one frame;
Since all, at first, from the same essence came.
When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed,
The other members lose their wonted rest:
If thou feel'st not for others' misery,
A son of Adam is no name for thee.
From Gulistan (The Rose Garden) of Saadi (c. 1213-1291), translated by Edward B. Eastwick
We started the New Year not only with much needed rain which made the famous Tehran traffic jams even more unbearable but, as civilized citizens of the world, as those who believe that all God's children are born equal, shocked and mortified that the killing of ordinary citizens in Gaza by the bombs of the Israeli government is still going on. How can such atrocities, on whatever pretext, continue in front of a civilized world! How can the killing of innocent human beings be justified? Justifying something does not legitimize it. How can civilized Europeans allow this and why are there not protests from all capitals? Is the lack of protest implicit support for the policies of the Israeli government? Such unfair political favoritism is contrary to what all democratic nations believe, as well as the main theme of the basic charter of the UN, that all humans are equal. Are they really? Can anyone imagine what it would have been like if this was (god forbid!) the other way round! Hamas may not be our choice of government for Gaza and for all we know they may be using schools and residential buildings to fire rockets into Israel, but the punishment of civilians in Gaza is so disproportionate; is there not a less painful way, a less inhuman way to deal with such issues? The most important thing that I learned at university was to ask WHY WHY and WHY! Why do the deaths of more than 400 Palestinians get less than 10 minutes of news coverage and the rest of the hour is devoted to the few Israeli civilian casualties and their government propaganda?
I do believe that all God's children are born equal and that only our chances are different and it saddens me to my roots as a civilized citizen of this world, and I am ashamed that those that I respect stay silent. Shame on all those who could stop all this and do not! I feel so ashamed that I looked up to them and believed all those statements about fairness, equality and humanity. Please stop this action now!
Relates Article: Is Israel Repeating Mistakes of the Past? - Israel has promised a "war to the bitter end." Yet history is full of examples showing that battling an organization like Hamas is almost futile. It is a lesson Israel learned just two short years ago. -SPIEGEL, Germany
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