The Bigger Picture
There are always two sides to a story. This is the side that Abdelajo chose to take as he himself put it rather bluntly in public.
“So what if we want to live by the Sharia in Muslim lands? Why does that mean you must follow us and chase us and call us extremists and kill us? Rather you lot are extreme. You are the ones that when you drop a bomb you think it hits one person? Or rather your bomb wipes out a whole family?”
In this statement, one might simply see the confused and disturbed mind of a Muslim man affected by war to the point of delusion. But there is more to it than just that. Abdelajo seems to be making things crystal clear. He understands why he did what he did and now it’s our turn as citizens of the planet earth and as part of the human race, to forget our individual race and religion and try to understand the situation from a global perspective.
The war that is currently taking place, which sometimes seems simply like another news report is globalizing. When the US went to Afghanistan to pursue the AlQaeda and to Iraq in the name of freedom; that was where the war was; in Afghanistan and in Iraq. It was not in the US, where life remained the same. With incidents like the marathon bombings, the war has been brought home.
It is time for those in power to admit it. But is this happening?
‘London Mayor Boris Johnson stated “The fault lies wholly and exclusively in the warped and deluded mindset of the people who did it”.’
Obviously not…. The reason incidents like this occur is being ignored. This is not just one man. This is a personification of the effect of war. It is the embodiment of the loss of hope in turning to extreme measures to make a point, the exercise of freedom in taking justice into one’s own hands and the emotional and psychological confusion of the masses.
The masses. There are the masses and there are those in power; those who decide what to do next, those who ‘negotiate’ and those who hold press conferences, those who say that they are working on it, say that the fault is not theirs, say that the situation is difficult and say that measures are being taken, as they have always been taken, to reporters, to the television, to the masses right after a delicious cup of creamed coffee and buttered toast. It is they that should now being called upon to do something.
However, the masses are confronted with one problem; the problem that they have always been called upon and have often failed to respond positively. I ask them one question, will you change?
In expecting a negative answer or a redundant positive answer, I call upon the masses. It is time to put your foot down. Understand what Abdelajo has done and understand why. Before you to point your finger at him, condemn him and call him names, understand why.
There is no justification for what he has done. Taking another life will not bring back lives that have been taken in Afghanistan, Iraq or Palestine. Taking another life may not even stop more lives from being taken but he has taken a life and it is the duty of the masses, be they Muslim or non Muslim, be they White, Red or Black, to honor those that have died by saying NO to war!
Quotations from: Stevens, R. (2013). UK soldier killed in London in reprisal for Afghanistan and Iraq wars. World Socialist Website.
Image: Retrieved 19/06/2013 from watchingamerica.com