Yet again, this was not the post I intended to write tonight.
But, I spent some time reading about current events this weekend, and although I’d rather be talking about fun stuff, it seems a little like fiddling while Rome burns. So bear with me, if you will.
Do you spend much time considering what our obligations, as Americans, are to the rest of the world? And if you are a Christian, do you think about your obligation as a Christian?
I do. Maybe too much so sometimes. I try hard not to worry about things I have no control over. And mostly I’m pretty good at it. But sometimes issues come up that I can’t get out of my mind. This whole Syria thing (and really, the whole Middle East) is one of them.
I am truly war weary. We haven’t recovered from the Iraq war yet, and we’re still in a mess in Afghanistan. And after all the lives and money spent, I can’t see where there’s been much if any improvement. I am not ready to head into another one, especially since it seems to be so ineffective.
Additionally, I have little confidence that our intelligence agencies know for certain that the Syrian Government has done the gassing, rather than it having been done by others to LOOK like the Syrian Government has done it. It certainly appears so, but are we SURE? I like to think we learned a huge lesson from the Iraq debacle, but have we?
Let’s say for the sake of discussion that we DO know, and they HAVE done it. I still have mixed feelings about the wisdom of getting involved in another country’s civil war. On the one hand I detest that people are using chemical weapons, and that others have to be subjected to it. It is just wrong.
On the other hand, it is simple to recognize that it needs to be stopped. It is uncivilized. And if we stand by and watch…the thought just sickens me. But is war the answer?
I have so many questions.
If so few countries have a big enough problem with this to make a stand with us, should we really go in alone? Have we done everything we can possibly do without resorting to violence?
Do we really KNOW what the repercussions will be?
Would we, as a country, be so hesitant to step in if it were Christians being slaughtered instead of Muslims? If it were Australia, or Denmark, or England doing this?
If we do nothing will we be giving tacit approval for others to follow suit?
If we bomb them, will they bomb Israel? Would that be the beginning of a full-fledged world war?
At first I was kinda upset that Congress didn’t come back from “vacation” to deal with this situation immediately. But maybe by the President deciding to wait until they come back to address it, it will give more time for logical thought, finding ways to deal with the situation short of bombs, trying other less radical approaches.
In many situations, I feel like I have enough knowledge to let my representatives know what I think they should do, and I write letters, make calls. This is not one of those times. So, in lieu of that, I’ll be praying that they will have the wisdom to set politics aside and do what is right for the world. Whatever that is.
Thanks for listening. I’ll be back to the fun stuff tomorrow.