Saturday, April 8, 2017

Email Exchange With Friend JF Over Trump's Attack On Syria... And What It Means

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Dear John, 

Thanks for your email.

The situation in Syria is maddening - doubly so now that Trump has chosen belligerence to "busy giddy minds with foreign wars." 


Always a crowd pleaser!

I have a conspiracist friend who recently went to Syria -- saw things from the vantage of his "establishment" handlers -- and came back singing the praises of Assad whom he considers the maligned victim of a terrorist plot to overthrow him.

There is even an independent British journalist, Vanessa Beeley, and a Christian nun, Mother Superior Agnes Mariam de la Croix, who support this narrative.

I'm sure "the whole truth" is weirder than we imagine... 

"There will be wars and rumors of wars."

Back in the day, it was at least possible that Assad got caught up in the fervor of "Arab Spring Fever" and so was targeted for regime change - and to that end he got painted with significant admixtures of skewed propaganda.

No matter how these competing views sort out, today I decided to "put my thoughts in order":

The Al-Assad Family And Its Relationship With Sunnis, Shiites and Jews

Pax tecum


On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 12:01 AM, JF wrote:
From the 20170407 N&O web site:

Inside the breakneck ‘72-hour evolution’ that led Trump to order Syria strike

Read more here:

McClatchy Washington Bureau)

"Trump, who during his presidential campaign expressed little interest in ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad, was clearly moved, Spicer said, by the images he saw of the victims of a chemical weapons attack Tuesday on Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in Syria’s Irbil province. The attack killed at least 86 people, at least 30 of them children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group." 

Trump said, "When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that was so lethal,” then that “crosses many lines, beyond a red line, many lines.”

Did Mr. Trump somehow miss the images of Syrian refugees, including children, drowning in the Mediterranean while attempting to move to safer lands?

And the North African refugees?

How about the killing in South Sudan? (Where our Presbyterian Mission Worker, Leisa Wagstaff (Leasburg, NC), with many years of experience teaching in Africa,  is determined to teach new teachers?)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo? Children want a future, even while their parents gunned down.

Those crossing the Guatemalan border, just beginning the trek toward the future "wall"?


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