By Emma Buchman
The heroes for this week represent a larger issue and an even larger community of heroes. Last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video showing the horrific death of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath Youssef al-Kasasbeh. His death ignited action in Jordan, who carried out airstrikes against ISIS this past week. Jordanian Air Force General Mansour al-Jbour said, “We are determined to wipe them from the face of the Earth.”
Jordanians everywhere stand united in the face of this horrible tragedy, and the same holds true for our Jordanian students at Washington College. In unity with their country, junior Nadine Massad, senior Nagham Qanadilo, and sophomore Mohammed Abu Dalhoum have worn hand-made red and white scarves since the day that the video was released.
This past Friday, they posted a photo on Facebook of the three of them wearing their scarves, holding a sign that said, “#IamMuath.” Their post not only shows their sense of unity with their home country from so far away; it shows that they are stronger than those that would use social media to tear their country down.
2015 has been a year of suffering for people all over the world. As long as ISIS is in control of anything larger than a BB gun, the coming weeks and months will continue to bring hardship. The important thing to remember the necessity of coming together as people and as a family. WC is a very tight-knit and strong family; we look out for our own here. So let us continue to show support for all of our family members who are suffering at the hands of terrorists, commend their bravery and strength, and work together towards a future where ISIS’ name is merely a speck of dust in the annals of history.