by Osama Wazan
Author of The Last Moderate Muslim
A grassroots catalyst for peace.
President Obama warned against the presidential candidates’ display of “casualness” on war. Respectfully, the president was half right. It is the casualties of war that should be held above all points of contention.
The coverage of peace talks is minimal. The volley of provocations and threats of retribution, however, is public and global. Our reactions to wars vary, but the inventory is indisputable: The destruction of humanity.
For fifteen years, Osama Wazan lived inside a combat zone. Wazan guarantees this: Post-war peace agreements never reimbursed anyone for destroyed homes, re-grew amputated body parts, or resurrected the dead children.
Wazan wrote The Last Moderate Muslim, a fiction novel. It is inspired by a true story and packs answers to countless questions that westerners have asked such as: Why do they hate us? Where are the moderate Muslims? What in God’s name goes through the mind of a suicide bomber? Why are Muslims violent? The novel ushers the readers into a Middle Eastern Muslim household where they will get a realistic and chilling experience. They will hear the voices, see the points of view, and experience the reactions of a father, mother, and two sons living in a war directly triggered by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Wazan’s mission is embedded in the story lines. The mission—a grassroots catalyst for peace—is the very reason why he wrote the novel. Wazan renders the root causes of religious violence, political strife, and militant actions from the ground up, exactly where peace should start to be sustained.