Let us count the ways Arabs are dying


by Rami G. Khouri

How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death?

In just two days this week, the Italian Navy rescued 2,400 Arabs trying to reach its shores.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of Arab men, women and children are tortured or raped to death every year.

Number five is to be at the receiving end of heavy artillery, missiles and barrel bombs ordered by one’s own government, a death that is all the more criminal because most of the victims are innocent civilians, not armed combatants.

In sixth place are the daily deaths of people killed by car bombs or suicide bombers. Most of these cases involve Arabs killing other Arabs, not attacks against foreign invaders or occupiers such as Israel in Palestine, or the United States and United Kingdom in Iraq, as was previously the case.

Even during legitimate and nonviolent political protests, death is never far away today for Arabs expressing their views.

Read more: http://dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2014/Mar-22/251017-let-us-count-the-ways-arabs-are-dying.ashx#ixzz2x3SbRVX4
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

Categories: Arab World, Asia

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