It is ironic that, as many of her people crave peace through democracy, the actions of President Bashar al-Assad continue the tradition of international attention on this land, and as the sense of impotence at diplomatic failure increases the likelihood of foreign intervention once again draws closer. This time, however, while there are serious international security concerns connected with Syria, it is the blatant persecution of her citizens that, this time, is the focus of world attention.
It has been called the Massacre of the Innocents: the slaughter in Houla this weekend not just of anti-government protestors but of many young children, has shaken the diplomats and political leaders whose stance until now has been one of rhetoric rather than action. Compassion may prove to be the catalyst for change, even if it means a bloody escalation to achieve lasting peace.
The land of Syria has been fought over and fought upon for thousands of years; karma is embedded in its soil and is being played out now perhaps once and for all. The situation is magnificent while it is devastating, and it is important that the people of Syria should be enabled to determine the fate of their land, for only they, ultimately, can resolve the karma. Others may help when asked, and help a lot, but they should not interfere. And many Syrians are asking…….]]>