The prolonged Syrian civil war with recent allegations of gas assaults on citizens by Assad and threats of retaliatory bombings by the United States has shaken up the world. It is therefore not surprising that His Holiness the Dalai has joined the search for a lasting peace
in Syria. The Tibet Sun reported on Sept. 21, 2013, "Dalai Lama calls for dialogue on Syria."
The Dalai Lama has called for peace, democracy and dialogue on Syria. In comments to reporters the Dalai Lama has said it was time for a younger generation to stop fighting the wars of the past and to now move into the future. This was the Dalai Lama's response to questions dealing with the conflict in Syria and a threatened military response from the United States and other nations.
The Dalai Lama has considered a review of history in the region with references the first Gulf War, wherein moderation was used. However, the second Iraq invasion focused on force. It is the position of the Dalai Lama that force only made things more complicated. He has said, “There is too much emphasis on ‘we and them’ in this century and this kind of thing should not repeat.”
The Dalai Lama has noted that Syria is full of hate and that only dialogue offers a chance for peace. Let us hope the wise insights of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will help bring peace to Syria and heal the deep wounds of the bloody civil war there. We should be looking more towards an emphasis on 'us' in this era, and share the pain together of each life which is senselessly lost in Syria and elsewhere to such hostilities.