Saturday, September 14, 2013

To shoot or not to shoot

Sunday Morning Sermon - Sep 15 2013

Its been a while now since the US has been deliberating a military attack on the Syrian regime in order to deter it from using chemical weapons against its own people.

WMD's have been used by so many across the ages since we saw. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Gaza, and the lot, in our lifetime. How often did the powers that be try to step in and stop the killings? Its been a wait and see approach in almost all the cases.

Two Republican senators who are among President Barack Obama's sharpest foreign policy critics on Saturday blasted a Syrian chemical weapons agreement as "an act of provocative weakness" by America that will embolden enemies such as Iran as it continues its push for a nuclear.

What concerns us most is that our friends and enemies will take the same lessons from this agreement: They see it as an act of provocative weakness on America's part," Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a joint statement. "We cannot imagine a worse signal to send to Iran as it continues its push for a nuclear weapon."

So the people are on both sides of the fence. Most Americans do not want a military confrontation while some are shooting from the hip.

What the two senators do not support is the agreement their former colleague, Secretary of State John Kerry, announced Saturday in Geneva after days of tense talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The deal calls for securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile and imposing penalties if the government of President Bashar Assad fails to comply with its terms. The agreement was the result of a surprise proposal by Syria's staunch ally, Russia.

There are those who also claim that the chemical weapons that Assad is throwing out are the very MD's that good old Saddam had in Baghdad which he stealthily shipped out to Damascus. Are they opening a brand new can or worms here to prove that the WMD's did actually exist in Iraq?

But then who armed Saddam with the WMD's in the first place?

We live in a bitter and vicious circle of men, machines, and molotovs that seem to be manufactured, distributed, sold, and moved around for personal benefit, be it for cash or for conflict.

When will the madness stop?


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