Friday, August 30, 2013

oops, politics


WORLD OF DIVERSITY

Our many differences not only entertain us, but they allow us to grow intellectually and emotionally. It’s a pleasure to watch television’s travelogues of places like Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, etc. Of equal fascination are the people and the cities they have built. Faces in shades of black, white, brown, and red appear on the screen, whether in joy or sorrow, and remind us of the miracle of life on earth.

This miracle is multifaceted, imbedded with triumphs and tragedy. Does our diversity of interests and multitude of beliefs make conflict inevitable? Given the inequity of ability and assets, whether divine or man made, are we destined to fight over whatever resources the earth offers?

Which leads me to a news report I’ve just seen. American’s media commentators are debating what politicians should do about the Syrian massacre, which is generally attributed to President Assad. A couple of questions I have to ask.

Does it seem strange to anybody else that the Syrians have allies in Russia and Iran willing to militarily defend them (with China in their corner if not engaged), while the USA, except for a weak French nod of approval, is standing without allies to support possible action against Assad’s policies?

Putting aside Assad’s presumed violation of international law, are we Americans supporting Syrian insurgents comprising, at least in part, Al Qaeda and terrorist organizations which are no more likely to bring democracy to the country than Assad?

I apologize for allowing my blog to be dragged into politics.

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