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Good afternoon readers.

The death toll in Syria surpassed 45000 since the beginning of the revolution according to one source. 45000 people died for freedom. 45000 gone in order for Bashar to advance his cause. That’s just a sad reality! Of course these 45000 people will never receive proper funerals, media attention, memorials, monuments or anything, they are simply 45000 broken hearts around Syria. I’ve realized as these slow 21 months of the Syrian revolution have gone by that all those killed will be forgotten. You may disagree, but I’ve never heard any real outrage over these deaths. I’ve been watching holocaust documentaries lately, to deepen my knowledge of other horrible genocides around the world. The thing I’ve learned today is that this fear of forgetfulness is always present during a genocide, so maybe in a few years time we will have memorials and real funerals for all these people, but certainly nothing is being done today!

We vowed after world war 2 to never let it happen again, we vowed after Rwanda to never let it happen again and we vowed after Bosnia and communism and racism etc etc… In my mind these were all empty vows!! Empty empty empty!!! Again you may disagree, but examine our life today… Do you really care about Syria? or will you only care if it affects your daily life? These are hard questions to answer for everyone, and I really do understand that, but what I’m trying to say is that we need to be more aware of the world around us. Just because it doesn’t affect you that doesn’t mean that it’s not affecting the world. I’m very guilty if feeling that way pre Syrian revolution. I think Arabs in general were all the same when it came to compassion. (This will be controversial) Arabs as nice as we are friendly and helpful and compassionate lacked the view of the other. Trust me I lived in the Middle East.. Middle eastern countries donate time and money always, but the average Middle Eastern person doesn’t look at Africa as the the rest of the world does for example. We don’t have commercials about world vision, or amnesty international or human rights. That’s primarily the fault of the administrations because they were committing human rights violations and did not want people to realize it.

Regardless we all brought that idea with us when we moved abroad. I was talking to one of my friends Nadia in the summer and she really explained this to me. She said our immigrant parents had a lot on their plate, especially survival and educating their kids, that it was hard to worry about other issues at the same time, especially when our own money was running low. I guess that’s why we were never really compassionate, it’s because we had so much to handle at home and abroad. Therefore when the war in Iraq happened and we saw people dying, it was an outrage to see such poverty and pain. Same with Syria today, Syrians are really not used to war and the past 21 months have been ridiculous for all of us! It’s a blessing in disguise, we are much more aware of human rights, and violations around the world. I think you will get a Syrian generation including myself that will use their revolutionary experience to better the world.

I’m going to spend the next week talking about my family and their experience each day will be dedicated to a family member. Tomorrow morning I will start with my grandfather Elias, I’m really looking forward to that post..
Until then readers, read the news stay alert and help others

Fadi

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