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SYRIA: 'Til Death Do Us Part: Marriage Destroyed By War

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- 1964 days ago -
For the third time, Mahmoud Al-Qassab lowers the body of one of his children into the ground. He steps back as neighbors and relatives shovel dirt over his teenage daughter's grave.

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Gene J (290)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 3:49 pm
"In Islam, martyrdom is a high honor granted by God to those who die fighting for their religion, country or rights of their community. Muslims believe a martyr is destined for heaven, so loved ones must celebrate rather than mourn their death."

So. This is how they show their love for their children, how much they cherish them. I've lost my two but have to confess I never celebrated, I cried, and still do. They bury their anguish in more hatred, I suppose this is how these people have survived for 7000 years in that desert, killing each other and avenging each killing through the millennia. I'm sorry, a story like this to me only explains how they keep their hatred stoked, it doesn't teach me a thing about love for there is nothing loving in what they do there nor how they justify it. Not to me. Not ever to me.

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 4:01 pm
noted, thank you Cal

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 4:10 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Faye Swan (23)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:47 am
Read and noted - thank you! Please don't think all Muslims are people who hate those of other faiths and seek martyrdom. Many would like to leave Syria and cannot. Different people and different cultures grieve differently - that needs to be respected.

Tanya W (65)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:59 am
Sadly noted!! Life should be treasured and celebrated - martydom is just sad and empty. War is never the answer and no one wins.....

Past Member (0)
Friday January 4, 2013, 1:47 am
I agree with Tanya Cheers

Danuta W (1249)
Friday January 4, 2013, 2:57 am

Giana P (398)
Friday January 4, 2013, 3:20 am

donnaa D (14)
Friday January 4, 2013, 6:12 am
SO sorry for ALL these people, i'm a Brit, and hate to see all this carnage and killing of innocent folks.
lets hope that assad will be brought down soon!!!

Emily Barkovic (0)
Friday January 4, 2013, 8:22 am

pam w (139)
Friday January 4, 2013, 9:38 am
So much hatred in that part of the world and it feeds on itself!

irene davis (74)
Friday January 4, 2013, 9:52 am

Kit B (276)
Friday January 4, 2013, 10:38 am

Another tyrant and another civil war, this one some how seems more bloody than some others.

Here again we see cultural differences in our perception. If one truly believes with all of their being that their loved one is going to a better place after death perhaps an expression of joy for them is the proper way to honor them. People that believe in heaven may still cry for their loss, but feel joy for the one who goes to a better place, I can see that might bring a form of comfort. Though this man's losses do seem an almost unbearable amount of pain.

. (0)
Friday January 4, 2013, 2:50 pm
I don't know what I feel for this man:sympathy, anger,...I guess it comes down to as Kit wrote "cultural differences".

Amber Laverack (0)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:27 am
Noted, and thank you.

Anne P (174)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:21 am
Very sad. I can't imagine the fear and anxiety people like Ayat live with every day. I am counting my blessings right now.

divergent revolution (309)
Monday January 7, 2013, 10:09 am
I grew up in a Syrian neighborhood in New York, they were those slick "going out of business" electronic stores around Times Square. Granted they were Syrian Jews who were victimized and fled Syria;their demeanor reminds me of those Syrians still living there.
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