I have devoted a good part of my life to the study of the Holocaust and was among those who founded the St. Louis Holocaust Center in an effort to provide remembrance, but also education, so that such horror would never again occur in the world. Alas, this effort at remembrance is no longer viable in the modern world. One can not employ expressions such as “holocaust” or “genocide” since these words more aptly fit what occurred in the Nazi era of hate and violence. Frankly, I am a loss of words in discussing what has happened in the nation of Syria during the past three years of horror. Children having legs amputated because hospitals lack proper equipment to save them or babies in incubators dying when the power goes off or a wounded person knocked out since there is no anesthesia. Just think, in the 21st century we are unable to vaccinate children!
An organization, Save the Children seeks to prevent more Syrian children from dying. In the city of Aleppo which has more people than Paris only 36 doctors remain to serve the population of 2.3 million. Half the doctors in Syria have fled for their lives.
My question: Where are religious leaders in the Middle East and what are they doing to save lives of Muslim children?? Obviously,the answer is silence. We wonder at the silence of the 1940s as we live in the silence of the early years of the 21st century.