The world was captivated for four days, from September 21 until September 24, 2013. The entire world was glued to their TV sets, watching innocent men, women and children being attacked, killed and some held hostage in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. We all felt like saying to ourselves, "That could be me, or my family." The world is a small place, with CNN and various global media, what happens in one place, is news to everyone, and we can identify with people and families in far flung places, as if it was our own back yard.
Radical Islamic terrorists called Al Shabab, with long standing links with Al Qaeda, the most famous of all the Radical Islamic terrorist groups, had stormed the Westgate Mall. They were vowing revenge. They even said they wanted to kill non-Muslims, because of Muslims being attacked in other places. "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth".
However, I was not so shocked or surprised when I watched those poor innocent people in Nairobi. I am used to it. I live in Syria and we have been under the same attack since March 2011 until present. In the case of the Westgate Mall, the horrific story made headline news. But, the same story lasting 2 - years here in Syria, is never shown on international media the same way. You won't see my neighbors as they are attacked, raped, beheaded, mutilated, maimed and killed in Syria. Where is the eye witness survivors in Syria with a microphone thrust into their face? The exact same Radical Islamic terrorists who killed, maimed and terrorized the innocent shoppers in Nairobi are here in Syria. There is no difference in the two locations, victims or terrorists. But in Nairobi the killing was stopped after four days, by the heroic Kenyan Army. In Syria, those heroes who are saving us daily, and laying down their lives are the Syrian Arab Army. Both Armies wear the same green camouflage uniforms, both carry the same weapons, and both represent the legitimate defense forces of their nation.
Everyone waved, cheered and thanked the Kenyan Army for bringing the Westgate Mall attack to an end. Where is the same cheers and thanks for the Syrian Arab Army? Instead, we have the United States of America, and her global allies, supporting, funding and sending weapons to The Free Syrian Army.
The Free Syrian Army is linked with Jibhat al Nusra and Al Qaeda. These are not freedom fighters. These are multi-national Radical Islamic terrorists, the same as Al Shabab.
Why does the world cheer when the "bad-guys' in Westgate Mall get stopped, but insist that the exact same copy of those Radical Islamic terrorists inside Syria must be helped, supported, revered, loved and funded with money and weapons?
Where is the justice and fairness for my neighbors and friends in Syria, who have suffered hundreds of thousands of deaths at the hands of the Radical Islamic terrorists inside Syria, when the world mourns for at least 67 people who were killed in Nairobi? How can 67 people in Kenya compare to over 100,000 people in Syria? There is no comparison. Of course, one death anywhere is too much. However, it is actually indecent to have global riveted attention on one shopping Mall in Kenya, while an entire nation of 23 million people are being held hostage by the same Radical Islamic terrorists.
We, the people of the world, who make CNN and all the other global media rich and powerful by our attention to their product, must stand up and demand fairness. If you condemn terrorism in New York City, Madrid, London, Mali, Kenya, Yemen, and elsewhere, you must condemn the same in Syria.
Free Syrian Army, Jibhat al Nusra and Al Qaeda are all one and the same. They are aligned, linked and fighting shoulder to shoulder against the Syrian Arab Army and the innocent, unarmed civilian population of Syria which numbers about 23 million people.