Posted 9 months ago on Jan. 4, 2014, 7:23 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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But on top of giving people a visible, albeit temporary, outlet to express their frustrations, the idea was also to stop the label “martyr” being applied to people who, rather than willingly dying for a cause they believed in, were simply unwitting victims of violence.
The word is “overused,” said Muhannad, and just covers up the brutal fact that “the [dead] person was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“Our problem with the word is not in those cases when someone wishes for themselves to be a martyr,” he explained, “but when an innocent victim is appropriated by larger political forces through that word.
“It’s the appropriation that we don’t like, no one has died for any good reason in any of these bombings,” he added.
The other problem with the word, explains fellow blogger Gino Raidy, is that it can be used to absolve authorities of the responsibility they have to find and punish those behind attacks.
“The word ‘martyr’ used to have a certain respect attached to it,” he told The Daily Star. “But it’s now become an instant reaction to any death ... they are called a martyr so we move on, no investigation needed.”
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Jan-04/243072-social-media-campaign-notamartyr-seeks-to-challenge-taboos.ashx#ixzz2pToD2K5b (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
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