There are no real answers. Which ever way we as a nation turn, we will come out with negativity somewhere. It's how we, as society, roll. In my observations of the past many many years, it has grown worse. We feel entitled, justified to judge. To jump to conclusions of what people are thinking without giving them due process to explain. Now, I will take full on admission, they aren't doing a very good job at 'splainin' here.
One, our window of opportunity has passed. Gone. POOF. Just like that...
Secondly, when officials make statements, they are making them to the world, not over coffee or a few brews with "the guys". a simple rule to follow in said situations?
SAY WHAT YOU MEAN. MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.
Mind blowing isn't it?
What a concept. We as a society have indulged them and accepted this, and then we let the media interpret, and then jam it down our throats.
An we buy it.
Wake up people, Start using your gray matter. I know you can. I know you can think logically. I know you may be rusty at it, but hey its worth a try.
I am ambivalent about the whole controversy of Syria. It is, in my mind, one of these most difficult moral questions to answer.
Should we bomb a country, already in the middle of strife and warfare? With a great possibility of killing even more civilians?
Or do we, as a country, as a whole, let this moment pass?
I am not one to bang the drums of war. Far be it from me, to advocate for more killing. To have blood on our hands.
And in that is my own personal quandary of what should be done, what should have been done and where we go from this point.
If I HAD
to call my Senator,and my representatives, I would tell them no. Right now, at this very moment, no.
A week ago? Two weeks ago? I would've said Bomb the crap out of them.
Just being honest. Yet I am consciously sitting here weighing all the options out. Knowing full well, I do not have all the details, nor will we, nor should we.
We waited too long.
As a behaviorist, when we introduce re-enforcers, to change a behavior we do them immediately. Not a week or two down the road. It doesn't equate. It doesn't make sense.
Maybe that is my first mistake, assuming there is logic here, somewhere.
I question why we wait.
I question why didn't we help or don't we help the people in the world who suffer DAILY, the atrocity of their governments?
Is chemical warfare just that evil? More evil than the bombs and bullets already raining down hour to hour on these same civilians?
The humanitarian in me, wants to save the word and live in a world that sees Peace, no more pain.
The realist in me, knows that will never happen.
Humans are not programmed that way. We just are not.
People need to LISTEN to what these leaders are truly saying. Stop listening to the pundits. What does YOUR mind, YOUR heart tell you?
WE, as a nation should shame the other nations. The UN? Useless.
Oh everyone is opposed to the use of chemical warfare, they all signed the document.
What the hell is good is that worthless piece of paper, if WE as a GLOBAL COMMUNITY, do not stand for what is right in this world?
Now, I am not making the case for sending missiles into Syria. I truly am just muddling it all through this old noggin and trying to make sense of it.
And of all the times I do, I come out with the same answers.
The Global community. Funny set of words, I don't think many people really think of themselves as part of a GLOBAL community. Many people, think in today's terms. Where they stand today, now. That is, their community and if they don't see a threat? Then there is no threat. They can not reach beyond their own borders.
There are other avenues to go down in the process. Pressure on Syria's allies. Many who also signed against the use of chemicals.
Our window if opportunity has passed. Either way we go, we will come out not a victor. Although sometimes the victor doesn't always come out on top when advocating the morality of people.
Would my opinion change if Assad was to be removed? It might. And more than likely it would not, as the options of who then takes over is even a bigger quandary in the scope of this disaster.
My heart aches for the people. It does.
As does my heart aches for the people in my community.
We as a society, here can't even get our heads out of our asses to assist our own people.
What makes anyone think they will for people thousands of miles away?
So I have no answers. Only an opinion. One that is so wishy washy and to the brim with ambivalence.
However this shall go, and we know this already, we just don't want to say it out loud, the world will watch, the world shall judge and we will not be better off than we were. And neither will those people.
Labels: being human, catch 22, Humanity, No Answers, opinion, Syria, too late