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Thoughts on Syria while visiting the National World War II Museum

A friend and I toured the new section of the National World War II Museum and experienced the “Final Mission” submarine endeavor based on a true event in the Pacific Ocean.  We also saw “Beyond All Boundaries,” an epic which has come to be my number two favorite film after “Gandhi.”  Tom Hanks narrates the enormous effort of World War II, simply indescribably moving.
    This was a terrible war in the twentieth century which resulted in hundreds of millions of deaths–more civilians than combat deaths.
    The twenty-first century must be different.  Gandhi certainly pointed us in the right direction.
    It’s time for all of us to understand and believe that God made each of us and all of us with a mind, body and a “little piece of God.”  We are all world citizens and children of Almighty God.
    This even pertains to the dictator Assad.  But that does not mean that Assad should be allowed by those around him to kill other world citizens.
    Because every world citizen has a mind, body and “little piece of God,” we have a deep need to love and respect ourselves and others.
    Nonviolence, reason, wisdom, truth, and kindness–the positive values–must overcome the  negative values of selfishness, revenge, hate, greed and envy.
    Remember, there were more civilian deaths than combat deaths in World War II, and each life lost was precious.  That pertains to those people in the Damascus suburbs who lost their lives by chemical means.  It’s sad, very sad.
    But will more killing bring them back?  Should we seek revenge, or instead launch an all out media and diplomatic attack on Assad (the selfish, ruthless and unworthy person in this awful drama).
    We have a longing for others to value us.  They also seek to be validated.  So each life is precious.  Assad should be stopped, but by modern means, not primitive killing.

Syria: Military Action is Not the Answer

In Syria the “answer” is not military action although the threat of it should be apparent to Assad, the knave who ordered or allowed the use of chemical weapons in genocide of his own country’s citizens.  World opinion—including Russians, Chinese and Iranians—should turn on that despicable dictator, Assad the terrible.

The United States and the developed world can’t afford a war in Syria.  War is expensive and the outcome is uncertain, especially beyond the very short-term.  From a humanitarian viewpoint, too, war in Syria is not advisable.  Violence begets violence.  Kindness begets kindness.  But with people like Assad the terrible, the realistic threat of violence and every other form of sanction is sometimes propitious, such as now.

How in the world did a person such as Assad go from the noble profession of being a doctor to being a perpetrator of genocide?  What a terrible transformation.

I was in Syria the day that Assad’s father, the previous dictator, died. Sirens wailed and I really didn’t understand the occasion.  In America the passing of presidents such as President Kennedy were marked with beauty, remorse and ceremony.  We mourn the death of our elected presidents.  I always thought it quite odd the sirens sounding on the death of the dictator, “king” Assad.

Let’s Get Seriously Informed about Syria

There was a very insightful opinion article in The Wall Street Journal this morning, August 31, 2013, by Elizabeth O’Bagy, a senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.
    The most interesting observation she makes after several trips to Syria is that moderate opposition groups are carrying on a good bit of the fighting against Assad forces.
    I will not try to retell her quite analytical and knowledgeable account, but it’s obvious that the radical Mustlims don’t dominate the civil war against Assad.  They do have a presence in some areas–particularly in Northern Syria.
    I believe now is not the time for swift military action by the United States, but rather a propitious time to evaluate the use of violence and nonviolence.  Remember what Gandhi said, “Violence begets violence.”  I say, “Kindness begets kindness.”  We are all world citizens who must look at horror at the totally selfish and ruthless dictator Assad.  But sinking to his level may not be the wisest choice, and once a strike has been made from the air, what do we do next?
    It’s time for all of our world citizens to think and pray about genocide and the use of violence against nonviolent citizens in Syria and elsewhere.