No ‘we’ are not. Despite tens of thousands of people world-wide signing up the Facebook pages “WE ARE ALL HAMZA al-KHATEEB” too many of the entries (in English- I cannot comment on the Arabic entries) are, while probably well-meant, somewhat trite, hollow, and a bit meaningless given the horrendous treatment this young person was subjected to and ultimately died from. From what I can gather this young person wasn’t so much a protester as a pretty typical youth who just got caught up in the moment.
SO HOW CAN THE BARBARITY HE WAS SUBJECTED TO BEFORE HIS BODY SAID ‘ENOUGH’ BE EVEN CONSIDERED, let alone carried out.
How easy is it nowadays to learn to hate? I never hated in my younger days. I seldom think many people did. We used the word but certainly didn’t mean ‘hate’ in the strict sense of the word. Now? Very different, I think. Where people can do this to other people is firstly beyond comprehension, but also, and more importantly beyond acceptance or forgiveness.
We look around our world and, sadly we are never hard-pressed to find instances of inhuman treatment of fellow man. Few places in the world are free from it, certainly far too many are guilty of it.
And the justification for this inhumanity to fellow man? There can be none.