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A Second Nakba

Badrya Darwish

Badrya Darwish

Hi guys, Ramadan is coming so I wanted to greet you. For some time now, I’ve shunned away from writing. I’m sure you did not miss me. I hope you understand.

Because I felt that I don’t want to write about silly things. With all the turmoil happening all over the world, especially in the Middle East, I can’t just close my eyes and talk about the price of tomatoes or the dust storms like I have in the past. Don’t get me wrong, tomatoes are important and can affect our health. But there are small issues, there are moderate issues and there are major issues.

For instance, ISIS is occupying nearly half of Mesopotamia and spreading like a metastasizing cancer. They’re surrounding Lebanon, taking half of Syria, holding a big, important chunk of Iraq and on the borders of Kurdistan.

Next I don’t know where they will be and this is the main issue we should be discussing. But all I see is silence from the Arab world like nothing is happening. As if it’s peace and happiness and we’re living in paradise.

It’s only like yesterday that the British Defense Secretary held a press conference in Kuwait talking about the dangers of ISIS and he was confronted by our editor to ask: how strong is ISIS and his response was that a conventional army - that would fight back - could crush them.

So what happened, don’t we have conventional armies in the Arab world? Don’t expect me to blame the West for ISIS. Maybe the West has a hand in it, but we have a bigger hand. By not talking and taking action, this is the worst crime we can do to our nations. And this is just one of a million, horrific issues which I cannot touch on or write about.

I think this is the worst era in the recent history in the Arab world after the Nakba (occupation of Palestine by Israel). To me, what we are experiencing is a bigger catastrophe because the first Nakba in 1948 was only Palestine taken by the Zionists. But now I see a Nakba that is sweeping the whole Middle East and that’s terrifying. I don’t know what’s the reason for the silence across the region. This is what’s shocking me. Nowadays you don’t know where the red lines are. Everything is super sensitive in the current situation.

I hope this stagnant situation does not continue.

Ramadan Mubarak.

By Badrya Darwish

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This article was published on 14/06/2015