As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that as I was writing my response to the Syria Chemical Attacks, and publishing my thoughts, a sense of dire desperation creeped up, I think that this is also a normal reaction. As I watched the plea's from the US Mission to the UN, Nikki Haley speak, her words reminded me of my own human response. Of course, reminded of the desperation, and feeling a useless sense to words, I carried on with my day as per usual. Sometimes to not care, is to care. We also have to create a sense of balance to what is before us, and be careful that we are not forgetting about the responsibilities that are put in front of us.
Having said that I continue to be grateful for the strong diplomacy shown and carried out by the US Mission to the UN, and allies who have stood together to support the USA stance. It was disappointing to hear of the German response of non-support and silence, as this was an opportunity for them to show that they are not in favour of gas or chemical weapons. Their voice and support could have acted to create a new narrative, that stems away from the stereotypical image that is portrayed of them, because of the atrocities that were committed during the Holocaust.
As we hear of the strikes in Syria, it is unfortunate that action had to be taken. But the crux of diplomacy and soft power is the ability to engage with others who differ from your point of view, to come to some sort of conclusion, or to find resolve that works for all. The fact that diplomacy did not reveal any response from Russia, or Assad shows that they were not willing to engage in diplomacy.
But today we hear of a Russian response from the Syrian strikes that took place last night. The fact that Russia has spoken up instead of Assad shows that Assad is the Russian puppet, and Putin sticking up for him. How can anyone use their voice to defend a chemical gas attack that did not happen once, but twice upon innocent civilians? This war is not a war, it is a war created for Putin's acts of aggression. The chemical and gas attack are his acts of aggression. And the fact that he is using the UN to shelter and defend himself as this point, to me is useless. Putin did not ask the UN for permission to use chemical and gas weapons. Delegations have been speaking tirelessly trying to engage in diplomacy, they have limits, and they also have a right to defend the cause that they are taking a stand for.
In my view the US strikes, together with allies should be viewed as countries standing up for what is utterly, bitterly wrong. It does not matter if these civilians were Muslin, or Christian, or any other religion or "race", what is happening in Syria with the chemicals and gas is wrong. Not only that, the whole war is wrong. What is Putin doing in Russia anyway? What are his motives, and how is he benefiting? Both him and Assad need to go. And with regards to point to USA aggression. Sometimes aggression is good, if it is going to achieve a purpose or to propel social progress.
To everyone who took part in the airstrikes, we pray and thank you for your bravery. It is very unfortunate that hard power, and strikes had to be used as I also am a strong believer in diplomacy and soft power. Diplomacy can only truly work when the other side, is open and willing to hear what everyone else is saying. We pray for peace, we pray for minimal interventions, and hope that the people of Syria, are once again free to live peacefully, as the work for global peace, free from war continues.