It was reported, this morning, by CNN that Russian officials say the Syrian leaders have agreed to a proposal presented to them in regard to turning over all of their chemical weapons. This report may be found at http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/10/politics/us-syria-obama-solutions/?hpt=hp_bn3. The civil war in Syria has been ongoing for two years. Recently, over 1,400 Syrians died from the use of chemical weapons. It is a saddening event.
Since that time, the United States has wanted to step in. There has been talk of a military attack on Syria, peace talks, and sending our troops over to Syria. With all of this talk, concerned citizens have wondered why the United States needs to get involved. This is a good question. The beginnings of our country were based on bringing freedom to the citizens who live in this country; but, not only to this country, to those of other countries. The founders of our country wanted to extend our assistance to help people in places around the globe. George Washington said, "Peace with all the world is my sincere wish. I am sure it is our true policy, and I am persuaded it is the ardent desire of the government," (America Kneels to Pray, 2003, Nashville, TN: Elm Hill Books, p. 33).
Peace in the world is a desire for many. It would be wonderful to have true peace, even in one's own neighborhood. To bring peace, through talks, prayer, and agreements is one thing. To attempt to bring peace through the use of force, such as a military attack, is quite another. Yes, it has worked in the past; but, look at the devastation caused by dropping the atomic bomb, the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the suffering brought to so many with Viet Nam. Our military is strong support system for our country. They do their job and they do it well. But, a military attack on another country is just that--an attack.
If the Russian officials are able to create a proposal that Syrian officials would agree to and uphold, it would be a wonderful answer to the Syrian chemical weapons issue that is so critical at this time. This prayer is for people around the world:
Dear Lord, You have blessed me with the opportunity to live in a nation that treasures freedom. I know that some people in this world are not as fortunate. Today, I pray for all humanity, especially those who long to breathe free. May they find the liberties that they so earnestly seek, and may they live their lives in peace, security, and happiness, (America Kneels to Pray, 2003, Nashville, TN: Elm Hill Books, p. 122).
As we go through our day, let us keep in mind others that do not have the freedoms that we have grown to know and may not even appreciate. We give thanks for our leaders, our military, our clergy, and all who pray. May a peaceful resolution for Syria be found.