Netflix Documentary, 2016.
In the White Helmets, we have a motto.
“To save a life is to save all of humanity.”
It’s hard to put into words the depth of emotion that I felt watching this.
There’s the mere destruction, which is unbelievable. Just how much damage that has been done to Syria is staggering. It is impossible to fathom how anyone is still surviving in Aleppo. It’s also really difficult to understand why, dear God why, are more bombs being dropped?! Assad and Russia seem to have either completely and utterly misunderstood the real scope of the rebels, and ISIS, or, they simply do not care. Either way, the victim is always the voiceless citizen, the child, and the family, whose dreams of becoming a great contributor to their people and country have been shattered into merely being a survivor of the next barrel bomb or refugee trek.
Then there’s the “God is great” call. In Arabic, “Allah, hu akhbar.” In our current socio-religious political climate, that phrase, at least in the West, is virtually equated with terrorism. It has been suggested to me a couple of times, that hearing that phrase, (again, in Arabic) should cause anyone within earshot to steel up, brace oneself, and “fight or flight” the source of that outcry. Yet, here are these heroes–in every sense and definition of the word–when saving a child cry, “Allah, hu akhbar!” It is incredibly inspiring and disheartening that this one phrase has such distinctly opposite meanings, depending upon who is saying it.
And then there is their philosophy, their creeds, and credo, the purpose and mission behind their work. Rather than comment extensively, I have simply recorded their statements below. They do not belong in a documentary alone. They belong in the annals of human history.
Dear friends, please watch this documentary, and be challenged once again at the crossroads of good and evil to never despair, and to reach for life because when I watch these men work, I am moved to believe that God really is great.