Article by: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
“We have met the enemy, and he is us”
Iraq is a different world than where we live in North America. Canadian values and culture of North America are vastly different from those of the Middle Eastern country that is the subject of an-article by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam titled Abu Gharib and Insaniyat. Following the terrorist attacks in New York in 2001 the differences between these two cultures seemed immense. The stories and images that were beamed into our houses by television and other media were unreal to our eyes. From our perspective we feel fortunate to live in a different place and wonder how the world got to a point where things can be so different in two places, which in the large scheme of things are relatively close. This article discusses these differences and the results that arise from each perspective based upon the American treatment of Prisoners at Abu-Ghraib.
Abu Ghraib is a prison in Baghdad, Iraq. The prison is run by the American military, and in 2001, following the terrorist attacks of Muslim terrorists Abu Ghriab became the site of vicious treatment of Iraqis who were humiliated and tortured by their American captors. The article by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam discusses the various issues around the mistreatment and torture of these captives by the Americans and the impact that behaviour has created in the Muslim world, he looks at the reasons for it and comes to the conclusion that the gap between bashariya and insaniyat is the cause. Adib-Moghaddam defines these words as Ali Shariati had; Bashar “is that particular being that contains physiological characteristics which are share by all humans, regardless of whether they are black, white, yellow, western, religious, or non religious” and Insan differs as it is “a becoming while Bashar is a being”. He explains the evolution from being bashariya to insaniyat, how inherently everyone is a bashar and some are in the process of... [continues]
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