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Monday, January 19, 2015

Beauty and the Beast


At last, the Levant is under the spell of a conventional Mediterranean winter. Conventional in the sense that it's raining hard and snowing as it should, and that the temperatures are down to single digits at night in the coastal plains and below zero in the mountains and inland.

The earth was parched and the subterranean water reserves were all but gone. Had this winter been as benign as the previous one, Syria would’ve gone thirsty this coming summer. We were in dire need for Ghayth, rescue from the sky, to permit the lucky ones among us to live under worsening socioeconomic conditions for one more year.

But with the beautiful sight of white snow and the latent promise of a better tomorrow we shouldn’t overlook the true nature of the beast, the homeless, the orphans, the wailing mothers and grieving fathers, those who lost everything while the onslaught of war continues. We should remember our refugees, now scattered all over the world, freezing to death in the outback of neighboring countries or keeping warm in distant, Nordic lands. We need to honor the memory of those who died because they had no place to go to and those who were lost at sea trying to make it to safer shores.

Although the war in Syria has reached an unprecedented magnitude of baseness and cruelty, let us never forget how it all started so we can, or our descendants, breathe the fragrant air of the coming spring. No matter how calm it was before the storm, the cruel heat oppressed us. It’s always after the storm that beauty prevails.

4 comments:

Ken said...

Yes water is indeed a must for life no matter which form it comes in. We too have had 18" so far this winter which will be good for the farmers and of course our food supply. The snow blankets all in an equal way so one has the illusion that all is pure. This has the ability to hide all the defects man has made. However,the illusion last only until the first foot print or snow plow comes along. Then we are sadly reminded of how imperfect this world really is.

abufares tartoussi said...

@Ken
Indeed my friend. We are marred with human defects. If we only admit to them, we're halfway along the road of our own salvation.

Isobel said...

Hi Abufares. I feel rather badly that I haven't commented. I read this post as soon as I was aware that you had posted it. When I read it, I thought how beautifully written it was and also how much I really didn't know what to say...or, at least, that there was nothing more to say that I hadn't said before. My only desire is that people, everywhere, live in peace, comfort and freedom. Thank you for your post.

abufares tartoussi said...

@Isobel
Oh don't worry about being late. I know you read the post and I fully understand that sometimes not commenting at all is a statement by itself.
I hope your desire come true for everyone. We all deserve the same things in life and anyone who thinks otherwise doesn't deserve to live. How about that :-) ???
Thank you for dropping by.