Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Syrian Teen Murdered at Protest

     Anybody not living underneath a rock is aware of the protests taking place in the Middle East and Northwestern Africa. Teens and young adults are playing a huge part in all of this. Rebels are communicating via social Facebook, Twitter, and other tools of the youth. But some are doing more than just spreading the word. One Syrian boy is rumored to have given his life.
     Thirteen-year-old Hamza Ali al-Kahteeb participated in a demonstration outside of the city of Deraa on April 29. Some accounts say he was shot three times and killed. Others say he was arrested and tortured. A thirteen-year-old, tortured. His body was returned to his family almost a month later on May 21. Activist sites say that in order to get his body back, the family had to sign a paper saying they would keep quiet and bury his remains immediately.
     Here's an equation for you, Syrian government: protesters+murder=martyrs+very angry people. Especially when those martyrs are young. Back in 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, a group of boys were throwing rocks at the store of a merchant who was selling British goods. The merchant panicked, took his gun, and fired a random shot into the crowd. Twelve-year-old Christopher Seider was picking up a rock when the bullet struck him in the head. A few days later, a funeral procession of 5,000 Bostonians filled the streets. That made many people in Boston very mad. That attitude spread, starting a little event that would be known as the American Revolution. It happened once, it can happen again. Smart move, Syrian government. Your people are coming down on you. Human rights groups are coming down on you. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming down on you. Do you know what she said? "I can only hope that this child will not die in vain but that the Syrian Government will end the brutality and begin a transition to real democracy."
     Hundreds of other revolutionaries were killed, but this one stands out because of his age. Be careful. Don't mess with teenagers or the world will mess with you.

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