The Fall of Aleppo

I just can’t. Honestly, my heart slowly breaks apart into a million pieces as I watch these videos. I’m distraught, waking up to such terrible news, to such a massacre that we have allowed to happen on this beautiful planet.

There was a time when I thought humanity could pull through this, could finally make a difference but I guess, it was a time that has long passed.

People die every single day but it seems that some deaths are more meaningless than others. These people do not deserve to die, these people do not deserve to be exterminated in a way that is worse than animals.

But unfortunately, we can’t do anything, can we?

As we sit here in the comfort of our homes and as those trapped civilians huddle together in a basement somewhere, the politicians are laughing, smiling and celebrating. I’m sure they’re happy with what they have done. A massacre, an extermination.

Let’s put aside petty differences such as ideologies, race, religion and language and look into their eyes and know that they are human just like us. If you cannot empathise¬†with them on that basis, I don’t know what will.

I guess, all we could do is pray. Pray for their safety, pray for their souls to be martyred, pray for their sins and our sins to be forgiven.

All I can see is that they did no harm but they are victims of a world where selfishness and greed thrives.

May Allah SWT help them.

Reliability of the Media, Questioned

The United States Presidential Election brought up a very important concern of the reliability of the media.

Without a doubt, the media, both mass and social, played a huge role in the spreading of information to the public.

But it begs the question of how much of that information can be trusted?

Now, here’s the painful truth: it is hard to trust the media.

In one way or another, the media will have a political slant, especially in election seasons.

So, what can we do now?

Boycott mass media? Hold the media accountable?

But now, who should ensure that that happens? I mean, the election clearly shows that people voted based off of emotions, thus, it would not be wise to let the public decide.

So, what now?

I don’t know and I doubt anyone does.

The free press is supposed to bring reliable information to the public. It also allows the press to act as a watchdog for the government in the event that politicians abused their powers.

But now, we are facing another problem.

Who checks on the watchdog to ensure that it does its job of providing reliable information?

Who checks the press in the event that they abused their powers?