A while ago, we agreed with some Lebanese Muslim religious figures that the Lebanese Christian figures’, particularly Bkirki’s, condemnation of the two explosions which rocked two mosques in Tripoli was insufficient. We also supported some Palestinian figures’ objection to mentioning Palestine in the Maronite bishops’ monthly statements. We think that both objections are proof of the importance of the Christian stance in standing in solidarity with Muslim citizens. They are also proof of the importance of the other party’s interest in the Christians’ opinion and stance. Solidarity is not an act accompanied with gratitude when it’s practiced among the people of one country. After all, if one body organ aches, all other organs ache too. This is the case if we are normal. We must have empathy towards one another and thus stand in solidarity with each other when something hurts us and also share everything that makes us happy.
Christians in Syria are citizens who, like their fellow brothers and sisters, have been affected by the warNayla Tueni