Distance vs. (Human) Decency
Florida’s Susan Wasserman Schultz recently appeared in the public media to cite her Jewishness, role as representative one of Florida’s largest population of retired Americans, and finally as a mother who, in her words, is “aghast at babies lined up and killed by the Assad regime.” Hmmm…
We have yet to find out, in fact and with verifiable certain knowledge, who recently gassed the innocent men, women and children in Syria. Of course, it was a crime against humanity. We need, however, to reflect if ever so slightly on such crimes as they occur with undeniable frequency and are not always enacted by the hand of our enemies; we sometimes have ourselves to credit for these still unaccounted-for travesties by our own government and military. The Agent Orange debacle in Vietnam, the crime of invading the sovereign nation of Iraq based on another litany of lies and uncertain evidence, the century-long support of Israel’s unique version of globalization, and now, yet another threat to cause more death, destruction and ruin in the name, believe it or not!...of humanity, is shocking and shameful.
As Americans first, be it Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Mormon, Hindu, atheist or some convoluted mix of one and all, as Americans first we have ideals and principles enshrined in our two and a half century-old charter. We must review our motive. We have historically carried out our policies too often cited in accordance with those principles but which was frequently done for the benefit of vested interests. Many times, perhaps most, our actions had nothing to do with democracy, freedom or some inalienable right of the United States to exact retribution to any nation we, or worse, any so-called right of our ally Israel to use the United States to exact retribution. Israel prefers the Arab world not wish to exist, and has done an admirable job of proving it with the illegal settlements issue alone.
No, Susan, and the others who might sadly be called in a moral tone the ilk of warmongers, need to recall, and stop denying, the common good and the principles of morality and love of life that we insist on in our charter and public persona. We need to refrain from yet another war crime debacle we will hold ourselves aloof from so that we can satiate Israel’s foreign policy thirst and our own blood lust.
I have lived in Iran for five years and Saudi Arabia for another nineteen. Deep in the remote regions of the countries and in the urban cities we lived in and visited, we noted a humanity that is not unlike that of any other humanity in this world, including the humanity in Syria. People there are different than people here in Thailand where I am, or there in America where I hail from and where you claim to represent my interests as an American. Those people want the same thing you and I want – freedom from foreign interference, freedom from aerial bombing, freedom from Israel-inspired incursions that only lead to loss of life, limb and pursuit of happiness – the very values we claim to want for ourselves!
Sanctimonious, self-righteous and indignant denunciation of the Assad regime, labeled to be in the name of national security but in fact in the name of wayward political thinking, is not the road to peace on earth. Many people will not be able to sleep if the US does not bomb Syria. Most of them include self-deluded sycophants who sing Israel’s praises while denying the rights of anyone in the Arab or Persian worlds. Or, am I wrong? If so, prove it. Stand up for America and oppose, not support, the itching-to-attack Syria mentality in Congress.”