The growth of intolerance within the Middle East is rather inconceivable. Christians, in addition to other groups of people, are being targeted and killed—no, executed—and in some of the most brutal ways possible. This is not news, it’s been taking place for some time now. What is worrisome is that there is not much acknowledgement of what is taking place. People don’t understand how severe this is and some could even care less.
The actions of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) should concern the whole world and entire communities. All it takes is a Google search to read and literally see the atrocities
ISIS has committed. The ongoing occurrences within the Middle East do not involve just the peaceful coexistence of Christians within Islamic states. It is a matter of tolerance, fair treatment of all humans, and justice. I recount what Martin Luther King Jr. said and it is that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. The idea is that a lack of opposition to
injustice implies a support for it.
While I began this writing about ISIS, the way the United States and the rest of the world treats this issue is symptomatic of how many of us treat world crises. When ebola
broke out on the African continent, not much action stirred. Yes, the WHO was dispatched to handle the problem because that is part of what the WHO does, but the average person did
not take much concern regarding it. Only when the first case of ebola broke out in the United States everyone freaked out and encouraged finding a cure, vaccine, and affordable treatment. The same is happening with ISIS. But the challenge now is to not to sweep the issue under the rug. Acknowledging implies action—a heavy one at that. But think of the outrage people feel when someone denies the Holocaust. Why should this be any different?
The crisis of ISIS is not an easy one to deal with. After all, what is the solution? This is a time when any action of the U.S. is acutely scrutinized. Dealing with it peacefully, if it were possible, would come under fire for being too submissive or appeasing. Tackling the issue
aggressively could provoke the notion that the U.S. is persecuting Muslims under the pretext of Islamophobia. Thus we come to a crossroad in which facing this issue is obsolete. But that should not mean we should not look for a solution. Nor should it mean that only government officials should search for it.