I feel like I have no right to even mention your name.
I have been sitting at home reading the #RIPMohammadChaar tweets for the past four hours.
Your friend Yasmine broke my heart.
It’s killing me. Wow, what a weird choice of words.
I am going to make it worse by telling you that it’s not fair. And that no, you are not a martyr and that no you are not a hero.
You are 16.
You still don’t know what you want to do, you just want to be stupid, have fun and stay up late with friends.
You want to kiss someone under the rain, steal your parent’s car, get into college, get a part time job and dance in the streets.
It’s unfair but you won’t.
You won’t because you were murdered and robbed from your friends and family. You won’t because some lowlife squeezed a button.
You did not pick this battle, you did not look for it. Heroes and martyrs usually know what they’r fighting for.
Right now you are a murder victim.
You are not a hero. The only way for you to become a Hero is if your death does not go in vain; the only way for you to be a martyr for a cause is if your death causes a change.
Every time this happens we hear the same reactions; and innocent people are automatically given martyrdom and hero status as if they were looking to die; for some cause that we don’t know of.
None of the innocent bystanders wanted to die. If we gave them all a choice they would not have wanted to die, specially that it always goes in vain. We cry and get angry, we organize a march or a sit in and then we forget.
Every single time! We get angry, we cry and then we forget.
This is going to happen again. That’s the sad part, we all know that another bomb is going to blow up somewhere again soon. We have to do something about it. We have to, this is unbearable we cannot accept this anymore, we cannot just sit and watch as homes are shattered, as people’s lives change in a second for nothing! We cannot stand by when 16 year old kids get slaughtered in mid day for reasons that we do not believe in!
We are not allowed to act cool anymore every time a bomb goes off and go have a drink because “nothing keeps us down”… We cannot distance ourselves from the victims. Guys, anyone of us could have been there when the bomb went off. I am sick of making phone calls to make sure everyone I know is alive every time a bomb goes off! Do you understand what we are getting used to? this is not the norm. This has to change, we have a responsibility to change it because like it or not; more sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, cousins and friends are going to die! Like it or not the bombs are going to keep going off! Like it or not you are already in this fight! Someone is already killing you!
This is where we decide that enough is enough. Our friends and families souls are not just statistics and numbers in a newspaper. Our parents went through even worse times, they had non of the abilities and tools that we now have. This is the time for us as a generation to say that we have had enough.
Mohammad’s friends are organizing a march that will start from his school “Hariri high school 2” (next to Lycee Abdel Kader in Zarif) at 10a.m Monday morning leading to where the explosion took place (Details on this Facebook link). They are asking people to get a white flower with them. They should be joined by students from all over the country. They should be joined by all of us.
This should not end here. I have a feeling it won’t. There already are calls for action.
Once and for all, let us make real Martyrs and real Heroes out of the innocents who have died.
Enough people have died in vain.
“The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.”- Søren Kierkegaard
Rest in peace.