Karim Wasfi believes the answer to violence doesn't lie in a counterattack; it's in art.
In the wake of a recent series of Baghdad car bomb explosions and the deaths of more than 20 people, Wasfi picked up his cello and played for peace.
The acclaimed musician, formerly a director and conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, was photographed sitting in the center of the destruction left by an explosion in Baghdad's Mansour district.
Wasfi, who publicly advocates the importance of art in connection with peace, told BBC his cello's presence at the scene of an explosion was a message to those who rely on violence to get their points across.
The cellist believes art can be even more powerful than violence, saying,
It's directed at those who are considering [bombs] as the only way of proving their existence.
He continued, telling BBC music is a peaceful protest to those who restrict freedom.
Obviously I cannot challenge the bombs with my cello...it's [an assurance] that life is worth living.