Once in a while, you see something on television or YouTube and ask yourself “Why?”
As a Jew by tradition and from meeting those that have survived the German Holocaust, Jews and gentiles alike, one phrase remains, unshakable, unforgettable.
12-million were murdered during the reign of the Third Reich. It was not the first mass killings because of religious, political, ethnic, ideology, or any other contrived reason. Unfortunately, it was not the last.
I know refugees from Uganda, Sudan, and Somalia, and have heard their voices in pain asking, “Where is the United States and the UN? Why won’t they stop the killings?”
It is a simple phrase, easy to remember, easy to understand.
It is a phrase that world leaders do not take seriously. It is a phrase that seems to be easily forgotten.
But it is happening again and the United States with her great morality of peace and justice seems to have lost its way. The United Nations, dedicated to world peace, is doing little. The African Union is providing minimal support of the people.
Uganda is not the only nation in the mist of human atrocities and genocide. Syria, Sudan, Somalia are among the worst of the offenders. Yet, the dictators and power-made religious leaders are permitted to keep the status-quo.
I took 30-minutes to watch “Kony 2012,” below. I was moved and donated. I am one of over 55,000,000 who have taken the time to understand that genocide and holocausts still exist. I was reminded that one voice can make a difference. That when one voice turns into millions of voices, change for the better happens.
April 6 – 14 is Passover, the celebration of the great exodus from Egypt by the Jewish people.
April 15–22, is Holocaust Awareness Week.
April 30 will be the day of awareness of Joseph Kony’s war on humanity.
When you watch this film (below), pay close attention to the section from 13:50 to 14:20.
“Every noble work is at first impossible.” – Thomas Carlyle
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Anthony Robbins
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve
It is time for the people of the United States to look past national security interests, to look past national economic interests, to look past our national selfishness, to see the human side of the genocides happening in front of our own faces.
It is time to declare the actions by Kony, Syria’s al Assad, and others as acts of genocide and escape from the weasel words thrown around like hot potatoes.
It is time we finally learn from history and not allow genocide, ethnic cleansing, regional conflicts, or government sponsored kidnap, rape and murder of children and adults to last a quarter of a century, or one year, or one day.
Let this be the cry of the American people, proving that our morality is indeed encapsulated in the closing words of our pledge – that we are Humanists and believe in “liberty and justice for all.” That these are not just word but our creed.
We, not as Jews or Christians or Muslims but as Americans, need to imbed these two words in our collective morality and live to their purpose. It is not about oil, or security, or any other label you wish to place on why it is “impossible.” It is about humanity.
It is time we get our heads out of the sand and watch this documentary, read the newspapers and listen to the tales of these atrocities.
It is time you take up your pen and write your federal legislators, the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the leadership of the United Nations, to demand justice for the people whose lives are threatened simply because of their being.
It is time we, as citizens of the greatest and strongest nation on the planet, grab the shirt collars of those who have the “power” and say, in one unified voice,