Terrorism

A few days ago, American forces bombed a mosque in Aleppo, Syria, killing 46 people who were praying inside. Yesterday, another air strike killed 33 people in a school in Raqqa. After initially denying that US forces were involved, eventually both were claimed to be ‘accidental’.

And how does Trump respond? By banning iPads and laptops on flights from eight Muslim countries.

Classic ‘War on Terror’ tactic. Bomb and kill others, then claim they are out to bomb and kill us. Our attacks always justified, always accidental. Their attacks unmitigated, unprovoked, unjustified. Our attacks in self-defense of our values, their attacks out of blind rage and hatred that has no source other than their religious fanaticism. Our attacks good, their attacks bad.

Alas…there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight as long as this vicious cyclical narrative continues.


One of my American heroes is Rachel Corrie. Fourteen years ago today, she was brutally murdered, in broad daylight, in front of her friends and colleagues. Everyone should be aware of her name and her story.

From a young age, she was always concerned about the plight of the oppressed, and wished to help them. She found her calling in the cause of the Palestinian people. She moved to Palestine to live amongst our brothers and sisters and to raise international awareness at their plight.

She felt that if only her fellow Americans knew the reality of what was going on, they would sympathize with the Palestinians and understand the role of our own country in its unethical support of the Apartheid State.

When the house of a friend was about to be bulldozed by the Apartheid Regime, with American bulldozers, she felt she had to do something. She ran in front of the bulldozer, screaming that there were people inside the house, and that she, as an international observer (with clearly marked jackets) was asking them to stop. Alas, neither her ethnicity nor passport or even gender was of any help: she was run over and senselessly murdered.

I remember the day clearly: I was still a graduate student in Madinah at the time, and heard of her story on al-Jazeera News. I naively thought, ‘Well, her death will surely trigger a huge backlash! People will come to their senses. One of their own has been killed by the Israeli Regime, surely they will call for an investigation and see the reality of the situation there.’ But there was no outcry. No investigation. No major news channel even highlighted her story.

Her fate in the next life is up to our Creator. But in this world, she is and remains a hero, and her life, and death, should never be forgotten. If her own people will ignore her, let us, for whom she dedicated her life and struggles, never allow her memory to fade.

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Stop and think about this for minute: the US has dropped an average of 72 bombs per day every day for 365 days straight on these 7 countries. The context of these conflicts and why the US is bombing them is important and should not be discarded. But the notion that America is not at war because we don’t have “thousands of boots on the ground” is false. And we must question what the adverse consequences of these bombings will be on the generations of people who are living this carnage every day. (You can read the full Council on Foreign Relations report here http://on.cfr.org/2jesIz9)


Stop and think about this for minute: the US has dropped an average of 72 bombs per day every day for 365 days straight on these 7 countries. The context of these conflicts and why the US is bombing them is important and should not be discarded. But the notion that America is not at war because we don’t have “thousands of boots on the ground” is false. And we must question what the adverse consequences of these bombings will be on the generations of people who are living this carnage every day. (You can read the full Council on Foreign Relations report here http://on.cfr.org/2jesIz9)