Letter: We need peace

Praying for peace

I am writing as a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and a concerned American citizen, to express my profound distress and unequivocal condemnation of the ongoing violence in the Middle East, particularly the tragic situation in Palestine.

The escalating conflict has led to an appalling loss of life, with the overwhelming majority of casualties being innocent civilians. The concept of "collateral damage" in warfare is deeply troubling, especially when it results in such a high human cost. The fact that 95% of the thousands killed so far are non-combatants is not just a statistic; it represents a grave humanitarian crisis that demands immediate attention and action.

As someone who believes in peace and justice, I have consistently spoken out against violence, regardless of the perpetrator. When Hamas initiated attacks against Israel, our community did not hesitate to denounce such actions. Similarly, we cannot remain silent as we witness the disproportionate response from Israel, impacting countless Palestinians who have no involvement in the conflict. The indiscriminate nature of this violence, particularly against vulnerable populations like children, women, and the elderly, is unacceptable and must be condemned.

It is evident that this conflict, in its current form, is sustained by external support. The United States, as a key ally of Israel, plays a significant role in this situation. As American citizens, it is our duty to urge our political leaders to reassess our nation's involvement and influence in the region. We must advocate for an immediate cessation of hostilities and encourage a peaceful resolution that respects the rights and dignity of all parties involved.

The potential for this conflict to escalate into a larger, more devastating war is a real and frightening possibility. As a nation, the United States has always championed values of freedom, justice, and human rights. Now, more than ever, we must live up to these ideals by promoting dialogue, understanding, and peace, rather than perpetuating cycles of violence and retaliation.

In conclusion, I implore all involved parties to consider the severe human toll of this conflict. We must remember our shared humanity and work towards solutions that prioritize life, dignity, and peace. The path to a peaceful resolution is undoubtedly challenging, but it is the only path that can lead to a just and lasting solution for all.

Thank you,

Anas Mangla

Niagara Falls

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