RIP Bassel Shehade #Syria Please RT

There are worse things than death and dying

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

To my Syrian friends:

There are worse things than death and dying. Among them is the shame that you have forsaken your dignity and allowed beasts to become your masters.

There is the shame that you did not fight the good fight. Instead, you cowered in safe places while good men and women died in the arena. There is an inescapable and boundless shame in your self-deceit that your place was not by their side but instead in seeking your fortune, pleasure or safety.

Bassel Shehade did not die in shame.

An aspiring film-maker with a Fullbright Scholarship at Syracuse University, Bassel was killed in Homs, Syria on the 28th of May 2012 by the Syrian army.

In memory of Bassel Shehade

Stan Faryna
02 June 2012
Bucharest, Romania

12 Responses to RIP Bassel Shehade #Syria Please RT

  1. What a beautiful tribute to Bassel Shehade, but I wasn’t able to watch the video because it was blocked on copyright grounds.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Thank you Sandra.

      The video is a slide show of pictures of Bassel – a young man with a kind and gentle expression. There is another video tribute out there but it includes footage of his corpse.

      The video continues to play for me without problems. Hmmm…

  2. Jan Scharf says:

    What a sorry world we live in, RIP Bassel Shehade

  3. I don’t know what else to say to this, except that when we begin the steep descent to the lower hells of human nature, art is the first thing we leave behind.

    Barbarism: Easy to fall into that hole, very hard to climb out of it.

  4. Annie Andre | Chief Adventure-ologist says:

    RIP Bassel Shehade

    This is truly sad…. Sorry for you loss Stan..

  5. Hi Stan, I couldn’t watch it either but I am very sorry for your loss, my friend.

  6. Thank you for this post, Stan…we need to know about these kind of people a heckuva lot more than our so-called “Celebs!”

  7. Stan Faryna says:

    A lot of heroic people died in the last year and half from Japan to the Middle East. These are interesting times indeed.

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