"Every person matters"

Whichever “sides” you are on, war or terror attacks should never be justified. Recently, I was watching this movie called “Bridge of Spies”, which saw an incredible “James Donovan” played by Tom Hanks. And here’s the speech he said in the Supreme Court as he tried to appeal for “Rudolf Abel”, played by Mark Rylance.

“Mister Chief Justice, and may it please the court, the Cold War is not just a phrase. It’s not just a figure of speech. Truly, a battle is being fought between two competing views of the world. I contend that Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, Colonel Abel, as he was called even by the men who arrested him, is our foe in that battle. He was treated as a combatant in that war until it no longer suited our government to so treat him. 

Accordingly, he was not given the protections we give our own citizens. He was subjected to treatment that, however appropriate for a suspected enemy, was not appropriate for a suspected criminal. I know this man. If the charge is true, he serves a foreign power, but he serves it faithfully. If he is a soldier in the opposing army, he is a good soldier. He has not fled the field of battle to save himself. He has refused to serve his captor. He has refused to betray his cause. He has refused to take the coward’s way out. The coward must abandon his dignity before he abandons the field of battle. That, Rudolf Abel will never do. Shouldn’t we, by giving him the full benefit of the rights of the system that define our government, show this man what we are? Who we are? Is that not the greatest weapon we have in this Cold War? Will we stand by our cause less resolutely than he stands by his?”

And if you happen to watch the “Berlin Wall shooting scene” in the movie, I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean. War has so often involved the death of the innocents.

In recent times, we have seen terror attack in different forms including release of prisoners beheaded by Islamic State (ISIS) group. The prisoners include soldiers and even civilians.
We are also reading news on abduction of women and killings done by Boko Haram group in Nigeria. Reports said that the group’s insurgence has killed about 15,000 people and forced more than two million to flee their home since 2009.

The 9/11 attack saw the death of over 3,000 people in New York City and Washington DC including 400 police officers and fire fighters.

The Nanking Massacre was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing, then the capital of the Republic of China during the Second Sino-Japanese war. While no actual death tolls were available, the most reliable and widely agreeable figures place the total between the broad range of 40,000 to 200,000 massacre victims.

Adolf Hitler and the rise of Nazi to power, which eventually lead to World War II, that saw over 60 million people being killed.

Sometimes, if you look at it, is there an end to it? The human race has always choose the path that “self destruct” as seen in the collapse of civilizations, terror attacks and even the destruction of planet Earth herself with the way of life man choose.

I’m not sure about you but reading from today’s paper on remark about protectionism and immigrants, it’s sad. And yes, the infiltration of terrorists through these channels are sickening as well. If only people care a bit more about the way of life by others. We have been educated with personalized beliefs, way of life so much so that in order to protect it, sometimes we rob others of their right to live theirs.

Is there hope? I think there is, if people are going to look at other as important, as matter.

Just like what was in the movie when Donovan (Tom Hanks) said, “Every person matters.”