Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Far Away Things
We hear about things that are happening far away, but we don't usually understand them very well. We are fairly isolated and insulated here in the United States. We go about our daily lives. Much of what we hear about wars in other places stays at the back of our minds. There are reporters who go to these places and often risk their lives in doing so. One that I admire for this is Richard Engel of NBC News. This isn't about him, though.
Yesterday I came across a video online that held me captive and made me think. It was done by a British filmmaker named Olly Lambert. It is called "Syria Behind the Lines, The Bombing of Al-Bara". It has been aired on the PBS program "Frontline". You can find it at PBS's website or Frontline's website. The internet address I had was very long:
It was sad watching what these people are going through, almost hard to imagine. It isn't graphic or violent, though. As the filmmaker said, it seemed surreal. I don't think I am being political. It's just about one human being to another.
I remember being in Israel back in the 90s. We went to the Golan Heights, where we could look down and see Syria. Maybe this affects me more, having seen the place and knowing that it's real.