Amerli is a half-day’s drive from Mt. Sinjar where Obama decided to use the U.S. military save the Yazidi who were under attack by ISIS, surrounded, and desperate. You’d be travelling a world apart if measured in religion, leaving the relatively ancient Yazidi and heading for a Shi’ite town named Amerli.
Both have been isolated and besieged by the barely fathomable ISIS for months. The Yazidi received unequivocal support by the media and Obama. This was quickly backed up by the U.S.’s military and humanitarian machines. Amerli has gotten nothing. They are Muslim, and perhaps that shapes the lack of response.
And then there’s Mosul where the terror is more evenly distributed. Most of the remaining residents are Sunni. We spoke to a deeply depressed Shaheeda last night. She had sent a picture of a woman in black with full face-covering. Something inside us stopped us from understanding the photo.
Then we spoke to her and she explained that it is a picture of her and that’s how she dresses to go out these days, since ISIS has occupied Mosul.
N jokingly asked, in that special war-fueled way, “How does your husband know it’s you if he sees you walking with your friends in the street?” and she laughed and we could all laugh and then she quietly said, “If they see me without this then they will take my husband and beat him and maybe kill him. There is no choice here.” And then tears as the depth of the tragedy sunk in.
And the people of Mosul are mainly Muslims. And we do nothing to help.
We define and condemn ISIS by its cruelty, and we use their treatment of Muslims as proof of their inhumanity. By this reasoning we declare them as ‘other’. But we don’t use force until they attack Christians and Yazidi. As if the Muslims are worth less.
I'm just sayin'.
August 22, 2014 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact