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By Dan Wright, CNN
Dan Wright is the Executive Editor of “Amanpour.”
Today it emerged that ahead of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg His Holiness the Pope had written to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Syria.
He said: “I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties.”
It’s an emotional appeal for peace, but it’s also significant that it comes in the form of a letter. It comes on the back of a similar missive, this time from the Syrian Parliament – addressed to the speaker of the British Parliament – invoking Shakespeare to encourage MPs to vote against military action in Syria. Which they did. Similar letters have gone to the French Parliament and the UN.
There is something about receiving a letter, on paper, that personalizes the content and gets under the skin of the reader. It is interesting that on the verge of what seemed like an inevitable military action, such a personal and old fashion tool is being used, arguably with some success.
As the 21st century weapons such as drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles are poised, will a few words in ink – heart to heart – stand them down?
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The Russians could use their influence with the Asaad regime to help save lives, too many of which have already been lost.
Saving lives is important, but what about the treaty? Finding a common ground for peaceful resolution; when did the US and RUSSIA start making peace? Well it seems that Assad has put the world in a difficult situation
Diplomacy, cease-fires, peace pacts, negotiations – all these are absolutely laudable. The question, for Syria, is whether they could possibly work? We're actually able to believe that either side would respect any treaty they enter into, even while we have examples, like Iraq and to some degree Afghanistan, to prove to us that they won't. Did the "Arab Spring" give birth to the democracies they said they "yearned for"? In every case, they established a new Islamic State. And in each, where different sects exist, the slaughter rolls on unimpeded.
By now, the "civil war" is entirely sectarian. Any ordinary civilians no longer have anything to say about it. A negotiated settlement is the very LAST thing either the regime or the "opposition" wants. Equally unwanted is democracy, which is the "inside-out" of Islam, for both sects..
Although this inability to compromise has also seemed true in other situations, diplomacy does, eventually, settle such wars, most of the time. It makes sense, then, to push for them sooner, rather than later.
What we all seem to forget is that Syria is entirely different from other wars and conflicts. It began in an ordinary manner, with civilians protesting, and the government DID crack down on them, costing many lives. But that's not nearly the whole story. Very rapidly, Sunni jihadis, from all over the world, started to flood into Syria, and took over entirely from the civilians. They are the ones doing most of the fighting. You can be sure that if and when they win the war, the civilians' issues will be totally ignored – or worse.
What started as peaceful protests by unhappy citizens became, almost overnight, a vicious sectarian war. Shi'ites, on the side of the regime, and Sunnis on the side of the "rebels," and dominating them utterly.
The fighting is thus entirely based on Islam. Of course, nobody admits that Islam (peaceful and tolerant) has anything to do with it, when, in VISIBLE reality, it has EVERYTHING to do with it.
And sectarian battles don't know what "compromise" or "mediation" are, nor would they want them if they did. An absolutist belief system is just that: absolutist.
This "civil war" is now a fight to the death, and both sides know it. The only people who don't know it are the world's non-Muslims. That's because they know nothing about Islam.
One side may eventually win, and a kind of "settlement" will be "agreed upon." But no Muslim feels the slightest need to abide by agreements they've entered into unless it suits them and their religious agendas to do so.
Each sect regards the other as "false Muslims." For such people, Islam has only one way to deal with them: intense and protracted torture, followed by a grisly death. Even we "infidels" are better, and merely deserve to be slaughtered outright.
Remember Arafat? His peace accords were always violated before the ink dried on them. We found him disgusting and dishonest. But in fact, he was merely being a good Muslim.
In Islam, lying to an enemy or infidel is a VIRTUE. They lie to us when we ask them about Islam, even while events are making it entirely clear that peace and tolerance are NOT Islamic values, nor is there any value on human life – not even the lives of the believers themselves. Muslim jihadis are required by Allah to fight jihad at least once in their lifetimes, AND are required to HOPE TO DIE in the process. It's as anti-life as things can get in any belief system.
And please note that quiescence (not being violent) is no proof that a given Muslim is not jihading in another form. Working on the propaganda to keep us thinking Islam is peaceful and tolerant is just one of many forms that do not require physical force. And in some ways, it's even more important to them than the fighting is.
I've studied Islam for almost two decades. How many of YOU have studied it? Those who do a thorough study will always come away with their hair standing on end. Do YOU have the courage to face such an ugly reality? Maybe it's because you already suspect how ugly it will be, that keeps you from seeking the true reality of Islam. That's cowardly.
Most of us believe in freedom of religion. Even atheists recognize that outlawing religions will inevitably lead to something much worse.
But should Islam be included in that? If so, then when they slaughter people by the truckload, why should we criticize them? Aren't they merely exercising their religious rights? Who are we, then, to tell them they shouldn't?
You can't have it both ways.
We hold to our ignorance of Islam at our very own mortal peril. Total global conquest is the prime directive of Islam. It does NOT exclude democracies, even the biggest ones. By refusing to acknowledge the realities of Islam, we are letting ourselves be vulnerable. We're unable, even now, to recognize the towering evil on both sides in Syria. Ignore it, and one will win, and will turn on US when it has a chance. Muslims are gathering their forces as we speak, and the main goal is to destroy the democracies and make them totally Islamic. It is only their sectarian hatred and bloodlust that is holding them back at all at the moment. That'll change, of course.
With us being politically correct and comfy, we're helping them do that. I've said it before – I feel no demand on myself to respect any religion whose GOD tells them I deserve to be slaughtered.
Normally im a very opinionated person but I just cannot decide what is worse – allowing the Syrian president to go unpunished for the supposed chemical attack he orchestrated (still not 100% sure about that) or to drop bombs on ANOTHER middle eastern country, therefore enraging the muslim world and encouraging more Jihadists to join the "holy war". This is truly a difficult situation and we just have to trust that Obama is doing what he truly believes is right.
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