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.
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.
Probably all people have some degree of racism. But the important thing is not to say or do anything that is precipitated by that primitive state.
As humans we often react to those we face. If they are angry, it may make us angry or upset. If they show racism it might bring out our own primitive emotion.
But the goal should always be kindness with ourselves and others. Another important aim is to be honest with ourselves and others.
I’m thinking of Egypt. Non-violence is important. So is law and order. The rule of law rather than either riots or authoritative governments is so necessary to a democracy and a nation’s fulfillment of its people’s aspirations.
One by one, each of us must try to love and help create a Heaven on Earth. Muslims may want to call it something else, but the nomenclature is not of consequence; only the concept.
Egypt needs the prayers of people around the globe – Egyptians and everyone else.