Crowds: Celebration & Liberation

by Nitin M

It occurred to me on Friday as I traveled from my hotel in Stuttgart to the AMG facility in Aafalterbach that I was missing what has been touted as the wedding of the century. An estimate 1 million people gathered at the gates of Buckingham Palace to cheer the new Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and watch them kiss.

It was disheartening to see the disproportionate coverage that the media gave to another set of crowds that were gathering in towns and cities across Syria on a “day of rage” demanding liberation from an oppressive regime.

While commentators were falling all over each other to toast Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress, drawing comparisons to Prince William’s mother and speculating on what would happen that night at the celebratory dinner, a hapless public in Syria was laying down their lives inspired by the successes of their brothers and sisters in Egypt.

Some media outlets claimed they had no access to the country to be able to report the news. This shocks me when I think about the number of western journalists who were jumping at an opportunity to be embedded with military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq during the peak of those conflicts – much more dangerous and volatile locations at the time.

For a day, we ignored the oppressed.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God! – Matthew 5:9