Baby boomers should remember the 1960s and young people singing “Give peace a chance.” It may seem old-fashioned now but perhaps it is time to resurrect the idea. A confluence of events have created that opportunity. Just consider, a short time ago President Obama was calling for a strike against Syria for their having used chemical weapons. This was followed by the pope calling for an evening of prayer and fasting. And people all across the globe participated. Perhaps just enough to make a difference.
Because a day and a half later, Secretary of State John Kerry challenged Assad to give up his chemical weapons by Friday. Other members of the State Department were quick to say that Kerry didn't mean it, that he was just mentioning a hypothetical. But Putin immediately said that was a good idea and he would push Assad to do it and Assad welcomed the proposal to put the weapons under international control and have them destroyed.
Obama and the State Department believe this is just a stalling tactic. But one has to consider that if an agreement does not follow soon, it creates an atmosphere of distrust for both Putin and Assad. One must also consider that Obama and the State Department are trying to put a spin on these events that they were orchestrated by Obama in his visit to Russia.
A little bit of history is called for. In 1984, Pope John Paul II consecrated Russia to Mary. This was at Mary's request back in 1917 when she appeared at Fatima. Add to this the fact that Putin wears a cross 24/7, has brought religion back into the classroom, is calling for an end to abortion and you have a situation that is far different from the old Red Menace days. Mary has appeared outside of Damascus in 1982 as well as at Zeitun, Egypt. Both countries have tried to protect Christians from the assault of al qaeda linked rebels.
What a wonderful thing it would be for peace to break out. It's time for us to bring back the chorus: Give peace a chance.