Sina-cism: Wiesel’s wise words fall on a deaf world

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On July 2, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel passed away in Manhattan at age 87. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a café in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was strewn with bodies and debris, after Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen terrorists slaughtered 24 people.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Early Sunday, hours after Wiesel’s death, a truck bomb devastated a shopping district in Baghdad, Iraq, killing nearly 300 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Other bombings, smaller but deadly nonetheless, took place in the week following Wiesel’s death. Two people in Southern France were murdered by a jihadist. There were several attacks in Saudi Arabia. Another blast in Iraq was carried out by Sunni extremists targeting a Shiite shrine.

And on July 7, a former U.S. Army reservist shot and killed five police officers and wounded other officers and civilians during an otherwise peaceful protest in Dallas over the deaths of two black men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota days earlier.

Elie Weisel

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Elie Weisel

Thinking back over these recent events, and the history of the last 30 or so years, I am struck by how little our world seems to have heeded voices such as Elie Wiesel’s.


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