IN RESPONSE TO THE TRAGEDIES IN THE PHILIPPINES AND NOW IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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We are one people, all of us whatever our culture. All of us from every nation under Heaven, whatever our native language, to whatever nation we owe our allegiance.

And we must stand together, young and old, from wherever we come from, and whichever culture.

This dark disease, this perverted ideology based on hatred, cannot and must not stand. This evil anathema to God must not be tolerated.

We stand defiant against terrorism.

We are one people, one world, one fellowship; whether we are from Iraq, Afghanistan or the Philippines; whether from Birmingham, Damascus or London.

And the cruelty of these recent acts, the brutality of what has just been done in the Philippines and now on London Bridge and in Borough Market in the United Kingdom. The heavens cry out against such extremism.

And what is demanded of us in turn? Compassion, pity, concern, forgiveness even? Yes, all of the foregoing.

But more than that we must stand firm, all for one and one for all in one Brotherhood and Sisterhood of mankind. Stand against these evil acts. Stand up for freedom and for hope. Stand up to protect the innocent. That above all else is our duty.

We owe it to the innocent.
We owe it to ourselves.
We stand for light instead of darkness.
We stand for peace, instead of war.
We stand for hope instead of fear.
We stand for one another.

Siwar al Assad,

Chairman,
The Aramea Foundation