Sunday, April 15, 2007

Pessoas vêem o mal e desviam o olhar. Em breve, nada haverá que sirva de refúgio aos olhos.

Há a desinformação. Há o aparelhamento da mídia. Há uma bolha e vidro gigantesca, isolando os bananenses do que acontece lá fora e, por óbvio, aqui, neste "solo gentil". Há uma imensa preguiça macunaímica impedindo as pessoas de acessarem as fontes disponíveis - ainda... - na interent, à procura do contraditório, da precisão discursiva, da notícia amputada, da verdade factual. Dêem uma olhada neste texto, direto do Telegraph. Quantas pessoas sabedoras disso você conhece?

The Christian victims of Iraq
Holy Week is a time when Christians think of the crucifixion of Jesus. This year, they should also be meditating on another crucifixion: that of a 14-year-old boy, nailed to a cross by Islamists in Iraq.
This diabolical crime was part of a campaign by jihadists to extinguish one of the most ancient Christian Churches in the world, that of the Assyrians. Thanks to the indifference of the West, the campaign is going jolly well.
Assyrian Christians, who belong to the Syrian Orthodox Church and a number of other small, ancient Churches, worship in (and sometimes speak) the mother tongue of Jesus, Aramaic. A few weeks ago, I had the honour of attending the liturgically rich and strange Syrian Orthodox Vespers in Westminster Cathedral.
I don't know if the Christian teenager who was crucified in Basra last October knew Jesus's language, but by the time the Islamists had finished with him he certainly knew a great deal about his suffering.
The West's lack of interest in the fate of the Assyrians is disgusting, as you can read in this brilliant article by Ed West in the Catholic Herald. Here is how the piece starts:

When they cook a dish in the Middle East, it is traditional to put the meat on top of the rice when they serve it. They kidnapped a woman’s baby in Baghdad, a toddler, and because the mother was unable to pay the ransom, they returned her child – beheaded, roasted and served on a mound of rice.
The infant’s crime was to be an Assyrian, but this story, reported by the Barnabus Fund, went unnoticed in the West, like so many other horrific accounts of Christian persecution in Iraq. Since the invasion of Iraq, Muslim militants have bombed 28 churches and murdered hundreds of Christians. Last October, Islamists beheaded a priest in Mosul in revenge for the Pope’s remarks about Islam at Regensburg.
Posted by Damian Thompson at 31 Mar 07 16:08

Eis um dos numerosos comentários sobre o texto acima:

I am grateful to Damian Thompson and to the Telegraph for drawing attention to this appaling campaign. Other media sources which fail to report stories such as the crucifixion of the 14-year old in Iraq do us a serious disservice. Their control of information and the resulting deficit offers an explanation for any apparent lack of Western interest in the plight of ordinary Christians persecuted in the Middle East.

Imagem: Missa em uma Igreja Ortodoxa Síria, em Bagdá.

Marx, o Groucho

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