Wednesday, August 28, 2013
WILL WE EXPERIENCE WORLD WAR III?
Wasn’t Obama the questionable recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after inauguration, having done nothing for peace but to talk about negotiation and discussion being the preferred means by which to end the greatest and deepest conflicts. Well he didn’t close down Guantanamo Bay detention camp. And he did authorize the bullets that took down Saddam Hussein. Now, Britain and USA are in geographical and philosophical positions at Syria’s doorstep to launch an attack, ostensibly to punish Bashar Hafez al-Assad for using chemical attacks on innocents in his own country. UN inspectors have been allowed to conduct an investigation but it has not been completed. The UN wants more time. There is still no certainty that Syrian rebels, not Assad bears responsibilities for the chemical weapons attack. The UN wants to give diplomacy another chance to end the conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people. UN also warns against a unilateral attack. No action should be taken until the U.N. chemical weapons inspectors finish their investigation. Yes the attack was cowardly and morally obscene. Yes Assad must be held accountable for what has occurred in his country. Is a military attack by Western powers the best we can come up with? It is, if we abandon negotiation.
Assad is likely hiding out of country in Tehran, so why attack Syria? Is this assault going to blow up chemical weapon depots? What assurance is there that innocent lives won’t be lost? Are Britain and the USA alone the guardians of world morality? There is a United Nations organization, to which all of the involved parties belong. Has the UN authorized this military action as the means by which to conduct justice? No! In fact, Russia’s leader, Putin, has just now issued a memorandum to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to conduct a massive military strike against Saudi Arabia if the West attacks Syria. China is also against a military attack on Syria. There is more to this than meets the eye. The Western powers understand that Syria can be a breeding ground for al-Qaeda, and other extremism that may be infinitely more dangerous. Iran is supportive of Syria and Iran has a dictator with a nuclear bomb and he is as flaky as they come. Iran has warned the West against any attack on Syria. Egypt is in revolution so who knows which direction that will go. USA is already backing the military against the Islamic brotherhood. It makes everyone nervous. Israel ordered a special call-up of reserve troops Wednesday and residents were lining up at gas-mask distribution centers, preparing for possible hostilities with Syria. Syria has one of the world's largest stockpiles of chemical weapons. Russian diplomats were scheduled to meet with American diplomats this week, but as soon as Putin made his pronouncement, America shut down the talks. The power games of the boys in power are disgustingly stupid and juvenile. Cutting off communication is exactly the wrong step of action. There is even more to this story than morality. There are the vast reserves of oil and gas sitting under all of these countries and who will control the price of that. Qatar is one of the wealthiest countries in the region possessing more than 15% of the world's proven gas reserves. Don’t think that doesn’t motivate Russia.
We can talk about it. People who believe in God and the effectiveness of prayer, would do well to be praying for the world right now.