I read in USA Today that an Al-Quaida group – one of the many different factions who are labeled as rebels in Syria – has captured an ancient village that is home to the two oldest monasteries in Syria.
These rebels told the residents of Maaloula, many of whom were/are Christian in their religious beliefs, that they could either convert to Islam or be beheaded in the street.
I’m not going to talk about how one religion is better than the other. Every religion has its zealots, and the majority of those zealots are affronts to their own religion.
What I want to talk about is what one man was quoted as saying.
Directly from USA Today (article here), the man said, “Where is President Obama to see what befallen on us?”
Now, this is where it gets tricky, and quite possibly controversial. I hate what’s going on over there right now. I really do. From the bottom of my heart, I hope and pray every day that there’s peace in Syria (and the rest of the Middle East). Imagine being the average citizen, just trying to go about your daily business, and having to deal with all the atrocities that are going on, wondering if you’re going to be killed by some random missile that just happens to hit your house instead of the bad guy hideout next door, or if you’re going to be targeted as a heretic because you worship the wrong god.
I really wish that US (or even UN) intervention would make a difference over there, but we all pretty much know it won’t.
Which leads me to my question: Why did this man specifically call for Obama to see what’s going on? Why did he not call on Stephen Harper, or François Hollande, or Angela Merkel? David Cameron? Mario Monti? Shinzō Abe? Kevin Rudd? Herman Van Rompuy?
Or, since they’re the countries who are (sort of) preventing the rest of the word from helping out, why not ask for Putin or Jinping?
So many times we’ve seen America end up being the world police force. Now, I’m not denying that other countries help. Canada, Australia, Great Britain (or England, or the UK, or whatever the hell they are – all that confuses me) and plenty of other countries have been major players on the world stage just as much as the US in modern times. But rarely do you see them being lambasted in the news for either: a) sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong (as would be the case with Syria), or b) not helping when they’re asked (as would be the case with Syria).
It seems like we’re currently stuck in a damned-if-we-do-damned-if-we-don’t place. No matter what we do, someone is going to be pissed off about the decision. Granted, I’m pissed off most of the time anyway, so maybe I’m used to it. But if Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry want my opinion, I’d much rather have the man in Syria be the one pissed off than be pissed off myself. No offense to the Syrians, but I’m pretty sure they don’t vote in US elections. (Unless they form a corporation, in which case they can get their own Congressman!)
Dear people of the rest of the world,
Please tell us what you want us to do. I understand not everything is back and white, but does the US have to be on the shitty end of every stick out there?
Clyde O. Watson