On Aleppo and the world’s humanity

Aleppo’s massacres have shown us the level of brutality we are living through in this era of human history. Earlier generations lived through the massacres of Hulagu Khan, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, who killed tens of millions. Some estimates suggest that Stalin killed 50 million people.

In modern history, there are the massacres which Slobodan Milosevic committed against the Bosnians and which Idi Amin committed against the Ugandans.

We are now witnessing the likes of revolutionary guards, Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad committing crimes against the Syrians, particularly in Aleppo.

What’s ironical is that the special advisor to the United Nations’ envoy to Syria lectured us about Aleppo’s history and narrated how it dates back to 4,000 years. He said that all that was destroyed in four years. The statement only indicates the United Nations’ diminishing role.

What’s happening in Aleppo is shaming the world and is a blot on our shared history. It’s an era when murderers delight in shedding the blood of a child and when sectarian men aim to eat the others’ livers

Turki Aldakhil

Hawking’s abomination

Prominent physicist and scientist Stephen Hawking feels “abomination” over what’s happening in Syria. He expressed this through his famous call to the world some time ago as he appealed to whatever is left of the of the world’s sense of humanity.

“We must work together to end this war and to protect the children of Syria. The international community has watched from the sidelines as this conflict rages, engulfing all hope. As a father and grandfather, I watch the suffering of Syria’s children and must now say: No more. The universal principle of justice may not be rooted in physics but it is no less fundamental to our existence,” he said.

What’s happening in Aleppo is shaming the world and is a blot on our shared history. Yes, it’s that feeling of “abomination” as the dignified scientist put it. It’s an era when murderers delight in shedding the blood of a child and when sectarian men aim to eat the others’ livers.

This article was first published in Okaz on December 18 , 2016.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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