Iran: NCRI International Ramadan Conference Against Fundamentalism and War
Ukraine’s people have endured more than six agonizing weeks of the war, during which dozens of towns and villages have been bombed, thousands of civilians have been killed, and millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes and country. The consequences of the attack, which was launched by a ruthless government, have resulted in untold suffering and irreversible damage, not only in Ukraine but throughout the world. This isn’t the first time, unfortunately.
Bucha, a small Ukrainian city, is now revealing the war’s horrors to the rest of the world. The latest images from Bucha, where unarmed men, women, and children were massacred, once again demonstrated the war’s full brutality and the barbarism of an army invading Ukraine. People all over the world are desperate to know when and how the bloodshed will stop.
This is a question that should have been asked when world powers decided to remain silent and simply observe the brutal events and wars in the Middle East from a safe distance. Many social and political experts warned observing politicians at the time that remaining silent in the face of dictators would only give them free rein and cause their flashpoint to shift in their favor, but no one listened.
Bucha has now become a new symbol of war’s and invasion’s heinous consequences. On the demolished streets of this small city lie innocent people who were ruthlessly killed en masse while handcuffed from behind and shot in the head.
Their partially buried lifeless bodies serve as a harrowing reminder of the repulsive phrase “mass graves,” which has resurfaced in political and media circles around the world. The images are self-explanatory. The bodies of the massacred were found with visible body parts, indicating that they were buried quickly and without regard.
These scenes are ‘indigestible’ to the world of the twenty-first century, highlighting cases of crimes against humanity and genocide. Despite those who try to justify or deny it, the condemnation of this tragedy knows no borders, no cultural or racial diversity.
“What is happening in Ukraine cannot be forgotten,” Kira Rudik, a member of the Ukrainian parliament and the leader of the Golos Party, said at the ‘International Conference—Ramadan: United against Fundamentalism and Warmongering, for Peace and Tolerance’ held by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). I’m in contact with all of the world’s leaders and organizations. You must act immediately. Forty days was more than enough. You should be able to locate the red lines. Children are being murdered and women are being raped in small towns like Bucha. This has to come to an end. We want to put an end to this war and the atrocities we’re witnessing.”
“I heard about what happened to you in (Camp) Ashraf (Iraq), and I want to tell you that now I know what you went through,” she said to members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) attending this conference, who have suffered many massacres like the one in Bucha over the past 43 years.
Few could have predicted that the world would once again be shaken by fiery messages of “executions” and “mass graves.” Many people believed that dictatorships’ darkness would bury the message of innocent bloodshed, but times have changed, and they must and will face justice for their crimes.