Dear Bana Alabed: I’m Sorry


Dear Bana Alabed,

There are no words to describe how ashamed I am that those who have the power to help you, and people like you, have not done so.

In the United States, each school child is told to read a book about a girl very much like you. It is called The Diary of Anne Frank, by a girl who – like you – had to hide from evil people. There were cruel people who supported the killers and say that her diary is fake. But it is real, just like you. We are told to read this book so that we understand not to hate others, and we vow that “never again” will we let such systematic killing of innocent people happen again.

But we in the West often forget these lessons. My favorite author is a man named George Orwell, who once wrote that the true evil of war is not so much death, as we all die eventually and usually before we reach one hundred years old. But, Mr. Orwell wrote, “The truly evil thing is to act in such a way that peaceful life becomes impossible.”

We, who do not live our lives in war, forget what is really important. And the most important thing in the world is that innocent people, like you, can live their lives in peace.

I don’t know what else to say, but I hope you will join me in praying for such a world. And I hope you never stop believing that one day our prayers will become reality.

God bless you,


[Bana Alabed is a 7 year old girl in Aleppo who, with help from her mother, maintains a Twitter account.
I agree strongly with what Mike Pence said regarding this a few months ago: “About Aleppo and about Syria, I truly do believe that what America ought to do right now is immediately establish safe zones, so that families and vulnerable families with children can move out of those areas, work with our Arab partners, real time, right now, to make that happen. And secondly, I just have to tell you that the provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength. And if Russia chooses to be involved and continue, I should say, to be involved in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo.”
The fact that this – or anything like it – has not happened is something I regard as shameful, and I hope that soon good men like Mike Pence will have enough influence to convince those with necessary authority to do what is right.]