Syrian journalist and author Khatib Badala writes that Arabs “have a trait that separates us from all other peoples of the world: the love of death. We dream about death, find inspiration in it, and think about it every day.”

In the article, which appeared in the weekly journal Aneb Baladi, Badala asserts that “the love of death has brought death and destruction to the people of this region. Will a day come when we will embrace the culture of life? Perhaps.”