“You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” – U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley
“I think the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.” – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
At least 70 people, including at least 10 children, have been killed in what is suspected to be one of the deadliest chemical attacks in Syria in years, activist groups say. Airstrikes hit the rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on Tuesday morning, giving off a “poisonous gas,” according to Anas al-Diab, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center.
The attack, which has been blamed on the Syrian regime by activists and condemned by international leaders, has reportedly left hundreds injured. The Syrian military denied using chemical weapons and said rebels were responsible. World leaders called the reported use of chemical weapons an outrage. – CNN, April 4, 2017
I get it, I really do. The definition of a populous President can be boiled down to one simple phrase “You do you and I’ll do me”. But the images are heartbreaking. The country of Syria has been destroyed and now its people are being gassed. It is any wonder they are fleeing across the Syrian borders by the millions?
And what is our President tweeting about? Make America Great Again, Jobs, Tremendous Spirit, Optimism. Absolutely no mention of Syria or what his buddy Vladimir Putin is doing to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Hell even as the bodies of dead children fill my television screen Putin defends Assad.
Look I get it. Why should America be the world enforcer? Why should we stick our noses in other countries business? Joe and Betty Deplorable up in Fort Dodge, Iowa aren’t worried about Syria. They are worried about the price of a gallon of gas and milk. They need a new roof on their house and Joe’s hours have been cut. And any way Syria is on the other side of the world, 6,400 miles away, “You do you and I’ll do me”. That is why they elected Donald Trump. Worry about me, not them. Worry about me!
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Rex Tillerson’s statement summed up the Donald Trump populous party line best, the “status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.” Unfortunately this isn’t true. The status of President Assad will be decided by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the recent St. Petersburg suicide bombing may very well take the decision out of his hands and put it to a vote by the Russian citizens if, and this is a big ass if, if Putin doesn’t have all of his challengers for President murdered or imprisoned.
So yes, I get it “You do you and I’ll do me”. But we don’t tell Israel that, or Japan. Certainly there are “strategic” reasons we are there rather than humanitarian. But have you seen the Syrian images? Have you seen the faces of the mothers and fathers trying to protect their children. As Mahatma Gandhi stated; “We may not be God, but we are of God, even as a little drop of water is of the ocean.” Syria is part of our ocean, and the tears of a mother holding her dead five-year old daughter who was just outside playing five minutes ago are our tears, filling our ocean. What will God think of our answer “You do you and I’ll do me” when asked why we looked the other way?