On April 4, 2017, at least 70 people, which included children, were killed in Khan Sheikhoun (an Idlib province in Syria) by 7 P.M. EST in the United States. According to sources, airstrikes hit the town with poisonous gas rockets, killing people and causing many to suffer from blurred vision, foaming at the mouth, paralysis and agonizing head pain.
According to the Syrian army, they categorically deny the use of chemical weapons, placing the blame on rebels and those supporting them. An emergency United Nations Security Council session was scheduled for April 5.
One of the most disturbing outcomes of this latest attack, besides the obvious loss of lives and suffering of men, women and children, are the continued armchair debates of “Muslims” on social media placing blame on groups they least support — the ones that do not support the Assad regime.
Conspiracy theories, motives to move personal agendas forward and blatant disregard of human lives because the loss is on the wrong side have been the ultimate sign of a broken Ummah. It’s embarrassing, disgraceful and insensitive to the lives lost.
Here’s the thing, when someone tells you their families have been killed, or living in rubble, your response should never be to place blame. That’s not what they want to hear. They don’t need you to tell them who is responsible, especially when they are witnesses to the events — more so than you ever will be.
Your response should be words of condolences; your actions should be to support Syrian refugees or provide some token of charity or time using your skills for the people still living through this torture; your intention should be to make supplications for an end to this suffering and to this travesty.
Never — under any circumstance, should your initial response, or your final response for that matter, be to start blaming, especially if your blame is based on unsubstantiated information. Unless you are living in Syria, you can’t deny rockets are being dropped. You can’t say that the news we hear or the videos and pictures we see are fabricated. You can’t deny the death toll of innocent people. La howla wela quwata illah billah! Your denial has literally become this bullshit:
You’ve become the voice of delusion, like Benjamin Netanyahu, who thought it was imperative that he tweet against chemical weapons, forgetting to have used them on civilians in Gaza himself.
Would you deny that Netanyahu used phosphorous bombs on Gaza? Why would you deny Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria?
Ultimately, I guess that doesn’t matter. It makes me just as biased as those who are pro-Assad by even bringing up the above mentioned. What truly matters is that people continue to die. History will eventually bring out the truth. But what have we done about the continued killing of our brothers and sisters since then?