As the world figuratively and in some places literally burns, where are all the humanitarians now? I have never had a problem with those who have been upset with the deaths of civilians in Gaza, but it’s the rest of their behavior which reflects how disingenuous they often are. A few weeks back I made mention of Pope Francis and how much I appreciated the way in which he discussed the events taking place in the world. He pleaded to everyone fighting to stop fighting, practically crying to God in prayer. He has emphasized his concern over the last few days over the situation in Iraq, once again showing his understanding for what is happening in the world. Too many people however have taken a very different approach.
Gaza has been a popular cause. One might even call the support for Gaza the latest fad, kind of like when Darfur was hot. Once it was “Save Darfur”, now it’s “Free Gaza”. People, some famous, many not famous, use these causes to show others and sometimes themselves, how good they are. What caring people they are. In reality they’re just followers lining up behind what they are hearing as important in the media without even knowing what is really happening on the ground. Ask these same “Free Gaza” people, and I guarantee you they were many of the same “Save Darfur” people, what the situation in Darfur is today. Ask them to name 2 cities in Gaza. I’m very confident the answer to both would be the same, “I don’t know.” Then ask them why they don’t open their mouth or protest the actions of ISIS and see what kind of response you get. I doubt it will be a very logical or intelligent one. After all, Iraq isn’t a hot fad, at least not yet.
Its gets even worse with the high-profile people or agency workers or leaders. Most likely the UN is busier investigating Israel for war crimes than it is addressing the humanitarian crisis and genocide taking place in Iraq. Where are those who had so much to say about Gaza now? Some of them are even Christians remaining silent to the horrors taking place against Christians. For the athletes or entertainers that spoke out about Gaza, they are not much different from the sheep I referred to earlier. For the agency heads and politicians that remain silent now, the behavior is nothing short of abhorrent and destroys any credibility they may have had. Their neglect for their responsibilities not only doesn’t help the problem, it contributes to it by strengthening the resolve of the truly evil. Whether or not it’s about money, politics or neglect, it’s clear that their humanitarianism in the end is a lot more talk than action.
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