In the following letter Rev. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University (Beirut) describes the situation in
Rev. Haidostian believes that ?this war has created a shift of the Lebanese, Middle Eastern, and generally Muslim political center, wherever it existed, to radical positions?. After mentioning in detail the results of the war, he expresses hope for the future.
Below is the complete text of the letter:
On my original schedule for today, the annual staff picnic of
Throughout the country, aid work in support of the refugees has been better organized now than it was in the past weeks, including the small efforts of the
Despite all this, some parts of the country have enjoyed relatively quiet days thus allowing many to conduct the necessary duties or report to work.
It has been seventeen days, and we still wonder what this war is all about. It has certainly not accomplished the aims listed two weeks ago. On the contrary, this infamous round of violence has so far resulted in:
– Hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries;
– More than 2 billion dollars of damage to the infrastructure of this small country;
– A huge and ongoing loss of investments and business opportunities for every family, every town, and every company;
– Up to 800,000 displaced people in a country of 4 million, thousands of whom will have no home to return to;
– Major damage to the environment;
– Long term damage to the reputation of
– Loss of trust in the young Lebanese generation for a safe future in the
– Emotional and stress-related problems in families;
Most dangerously of all, this war has created a shift of the Lebanese, Middle Eastern, and generally Muslim political center, wherever it existed, to radical positions. The centrists have found their arguments to be obsolete and unattractive, while the radicals have found their fundamentalist reading of the “enemy” and the “world” to be both attractive and justified. I am sad to notice that the current war on
Still, we are full of hope. Yes. The task of reconciliation, the challenge of looking analytically at issues, our duty to be interpreters of the Western and Eastern worlds to each other, and the possibility for the youth to look at matters from a wide perspective will be very difficult. But as long as we, as Armenian and non-Armenian churches in the
Many of us have been repeating in the past days that the people of
As Christians, our hope should also be a plan, an intention, and an action. Faith is to be put to work.
Your accompaniment of our communities has meant much in the past weeks. Continue to pray with us for peace in our community as well as yours.
Rev. Paul Haidostian, Ph.D.
Source: Jean Eckian (www.inhomage.com)
Photo: The humanitarian aid of the Armenian government has reached