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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sometimes There Just Isn't Anything You Can Do

It is depressing  to consider the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's momentous speech coincides with the present day horrors in Syria that dominate our television news. Where is there a leader that can uplift the hearts of humankind. We are caught in a web of suspicion compounded by concern for our fellow men and women being used by world powers to ensnare our better natures toward goals that lead us we know not where.

I do not believe that military action by super powers will accomplish anything other than to make matters worse. But that doed not help resolve the pain and suffering of those people caught in the bloody crossfire of political maniacs.

I hope that those mighty "powers that be" will allow the United Nation's team time to do the investigation they have begun and to back off the posturing and threats until some kind of determination can be ascertained. I do not  believe the answers to the problems in the middle east can be found by western military intervention.

I do believe, however,  that it is essential that we in the west support the countries bordering Syria as they try to cope with the onslaught of war-weary refugees.l

23 comments:

  1. I do so agree with you! Have our leaders not learned the lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya? And what about all the other countries where people live under despotic rulers?

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    1. No one wants to answer that last question...

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  2. As hard as it is to watch these people kill each other, it would be even harder to watch our brave men being killed alongside of them with no hope in that area of the world of any positive outcome.

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    1. Unless it is a world-wide peace keeping effort trying to stop the fighting is impossible -- and even then it's best if the west keeps out of it ...

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  3. This is a situation far above my pay scale. The UN has been neutered by China and Russia's veto power and Syria is an open market for Russian and Chinese weapons. I don't know what will happen here and I hope thoughtful minds will prevail.

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  4. Those before have covered my comments. The west cannot solve these problems.

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  5. Watching the news tonight, it looks as if Britain agrees with what you're saying. These are my thoughts too.

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    1. There does seem to be a concensus!

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  6. I agree whole-heartedly with you, Broad! I'm so distressed that the U.S. may engage in military actions in yet another country. Obviously, it's a complicated situation and I have no delusions about being an expert on world politics. But it just seems to me that jumping in with weapons isn't the answer.

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    1. And thank goodness that since I posted this the dynamics have changed!

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  7. Thankfully Parliament disagreed with the government and any intervention by Britain will have to be diplomatic and humanitarian, not military. The suffering is immense and the world must help where it can.

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    1. I agree -- there must be humanitarian help -- lots of it.

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  8. Dear Broad, I am so in agreement with you, Broad. I respect and admire President Obama, but the recent history of our country with regard to intervention is not a good one. The whole situation is so complicated that I don't begin to see even a hint of what will end the suffering in Syria. Assad seems uncaring; the rebels tired; the people devastated, their lives destroyed.

    Biological warfare is morally repugnant and yet again that's happen. The US itself engaged in this in the sense of using Agent Orange in Vietnam and the veterans and the Vietnamese people are still suffering all these years later. Lives lost; fields destroyed for several lifetimes.

    So what is the answer? I don't know but I wonder why so often we struggle with how to fight whether than how to pursue peace. Peace.

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    1. Peace means compromise and the nature of humankind seems to be that we have to learn that the hard way. But now we do have something to hope for, tenuous as that hope may be.

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  9. Great site! Your style is so refreshing compared to most other people. Post thank you for every time you get the chance, I'll be sure to save your website!
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  10. Much has evolved since you posted your piece above. Common sense seems to be prevailing, and the likelihood of war diminishing. Maybe the warmongering Obama will even calm down a bit. I'm war weary; especially in the middle east.

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    1. Perhaps Obama is so 'warmongering' after all ...

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  11. Much has evolved since you posted your piece above. Common sense seems to be prevailing, and the likelihood of war diminishing. Maybe the warmongering Obama will even calm down a bit. I'm war weary; especially in the middle east.

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  12. Interesting post. Hopefully they have seen a bit of scense since you wrote this. Keep well Diane

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