On the Approaching 12th Anniversary of 09/11/01

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I have always been a political and social activist.  Therefore, at the risk of distressing any of you, I must express my objection to any intervention in the Civil War in Syria. As was the case in Iraq, the evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction is suspect.

In my opinion, there are as many who claim against the rebels as claim against the Syrian government. To attack Syria is to declare war. Syria was a stable, secular Middle Eastern government until anti-government sentiments were stoked by outside forces.

I believe destabilizing the Middle East is the agenda of special interest groups, the arms industry and private corporations, not the American people nor, in fact, the Syrian people.

No matter how precise the massive assaults planned are, there will be collateral damage. The result of any attack will be devastating and have disastrous effects on the country and its ancient civilization for decades to come. The religious demographics are 10% of the Syrian population is Christian; 13% is Shia Muslim; 60% is Sunni Muslim; the remaining 18% of the people of Syria are minorities of various religious persuasions. Who among these will be killed? You, as well as I, know the answer.

I believe the government of the United States is about to make the same mistake made at the beginning of the war in Vietnam and Iraq. If they do this against the will of the people, they are acting unconstitutionally. I have now contacted my Congressional representatives to express my opposition to any action against the Syrian people.

In my opinion, the government of the United States has been interfering in the Middle East at the behest of special interest groups, the arms industry, the private corporations, to name but a few. As a Dutch veteran of World War II once told me, ‘There will never be peace in the Middle East.’ So be it. But that situation is not our concern. That is for the countries of the Middle East to address. I believe that interference from the US government prolongs the agony for all concerned.

I believe, if the US government continues its penchant for policing the world, there will ultimately be no winners. The problems facing the USA are myriad. The needs of the American citizens would be better served by a government that is concerned for the prosperity and welfare of their own citizens.

I do not believe that our prosperity and welfare are in anyway linked to the destruction of other sovereign nations nor the systemic destruction of our Constitutional liberties. Until the government of the United States stops its war on American citizens, I will oppose these acts of terrorism inflicted on us by this government.

“Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” — Benjamin Franklin

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  1. I agree entirely. Historically, the disastrous state of the economy calls for war; the plunge in popularity of our governments calls for war. I refer, of course, to the UK as well as the USA. Their agendas are, and have always been, to promote a bubbling undercurrent of unrest in the Middle East. To have these countries allied and with common objectives would make them a powerful force to be reckoned with and would – if you’ll pardon the pun – have us over a barrel. Islam is the new Communism, and whereas I have long been very scared of the future for my children and grandchildren, it seems I will be around to see it for myself after all.

    1. In other words, Oil. The oil fields in the Middle East are tapping out. When that happens, what excuse will be used to destroy this region? Since oil is a crucial resource for the economic health of the Middle East, it is unreasonable to think that the barrels will be withheld from the market except from those countries who have shown their antagonism through these many decades.
      Therefore, destroying stable Middle Eastern governments is the alternative for antagonists, guilty by deed and association. In my opinion, it is more sensible to make peace but peace in this region will never be allowed until all of the Muslim nations are destroyed.
      I too am scared for my children and grandchildren. It looks as though the world they will inherit will not be fit for civilized people to inhabit. Thank you for your thoughts, Teresa.