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The Syndicated Cynic

I guess things are getting pretty “Syrias” in the Middle East.

It seems half of the world is preparing for war. As an internal conflict in Syria rages on, chemical weapons have found their way to the front line, and the U.S. is certain the current Syrian government is behind it.

Now, much of the U.N. thinks it’s time the world intervenes to make Syria pay for its use of biological warfare.

Meanwhile, some big players, such as Russia, China and Iran, warn against any Western interference in the area, stating it would be harmful to the region.

Many countries, including our own, are thinking about military options, and multiple warships have made their way toward this Middle Eastern country, preparing for the worst.

What’s at stake is much bigger than a nation that’s slightly larger than North Dakota. First, and probably most importantly, this crisis has caused the global community to come together in order to react to the suffering of a group of people.

Also, this situation is pitting some of the world’s greatest powers against each other.

Here’s the breakdown: The U.S., France and Britain are standing against the current Syrian regime while China, Russia, and Iran are standing with it.

Iran has threatened Israel, an ally to the U.S. in the area, and promised retaliation should any Western attack on the Syrians take place.

An Iranian retaliation could cause a much greater conflict, not only in the Middle East, but around the world, as countries begin to support each other militarily.

In American politics, this is a trying time for President Obama, a man who has been advocating peace and the absence of U.S. military presence where it isn’t needed, as he tries to decide not only what is in the nation’s best interests, but the interests of the world.

Of course, many Americans are concerned with the economic impact of the situation, which could be catastrophic. Many of the key players in our world economy are going to be setting themselves up against one another in a region that supplies much of the world’s fuel needs.

But let’s look past all that. Isn’t blood more precious than oil, than our checkbooks, than politics, than any national identity?

This isn’t about nationalism. It’s about the lives of real people, with thoughts, feelings, families and futures.

I’m frequently reminded of a video I recently saw featuring a man violently shaking his four children lying lifeless on the coarse, desert ground, begging Allah to wake them up, to give him his family back. It’s terrifying to imagine more and more like him hopelessly grieving their lost families that ironically could be killed in a U.S.-led coalition attempting to end the onslaught of the innocent.

As a pacifist, as well as a humanist, it is really difficult for me to personally choose what I think is a “right” course of action.

On one hand, innocent people are being killed with some of the most heinous weapons that humanity can conjure up, but forcefully halting the use of these weapons and deciding the fate of a nation not our own would also seem backward.

There is no straightforward answer for this situation. Everyone should think twice before criticizing any military move, because you were probably building a tank in order to invade Iraq yourself in the early 2000s.

Don’t become set on war when peace may still be an option.

The global community is trying to get to the bottom of things, and until we see these issues with a full perspective, maybe we should prayerfully think twice before inserting our 2 cents.

The last thing we need is another Egypt or Iraq.

Don’t cheapen these people’s lives. Get to the bottom of things, and until we see these issues with a full perspective, maybe we should prayerfully think twice before inserting our 2 cents. The last thing we need is another Egypt or Iraq.

Don’t cheapen these people’s lives.

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