Pope Francis, the leader of three billion Catholics around the world, has pleaded with the United States not to attack Syria.
He is joined in this plea by the leaders of all the Chirstian churches in the Middle East: The Caldean Catholic Church, the Patriarch of Antioch, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch, the Maronite Patriarch, the Greek and Russian Orthodox Patriarchs, and countless lesser Christian leaders.
Bear in mind that Christians are persecuted in the Middle East. Christians comprise about 10 percent of Syria’s population. Most are Coptic Catholics.
Franciscan Father Francois Murad was beheaded by Jihadist rebels on June 23rd. Bystanders cheered and took pictures.
Now it is reported that the rebels attacked the Christian village of Maaloula. A nun there is said to have phoned the Associated Press to say that priests were killed there on Wednesday of this week.
Why would Catholics, who are brutally persecuted in Syria want the U.S. to stay away?
Hard for us, who have been imbued by both Presidents Bush and Obama with the idea that everyone in the world yearns to live in a Hollywood version of freedom and happiness, to understand.
The fact is that the first axiom of liberty is home rule. Nobody wants foreign boots on their soil.
When push comes to shove, they would rather be killed by their own people than by the strangers who do not speak their language.
The Irish said it well in song:
‘the stangers came and tried to teach us their way, And cursed us just for being what we are. But they might as well go chasin’ after moon beams. Or light a penny candle from a star.”
American public opinion is dead set against the administration’s “surgical strike.”
The President’s people assure us that it will be a quicky. Just a few hundred million dollars worth of tomahawk cruise missIles. No American lives at risk.
Just a few unavoidable, “collateral damage” civilian deaths.
Just to show the world how tough we are.
In my last blog, I mentioned the military-industrial complex and quoted President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
If you are looking for an explanation for the Obama War in Syria, you need look no further than the roster of the Board of Directors of the Raytheon Corporation, which makes (and profits from making) Tomahawk cruise missIles.
There you will find Warren Rudman, former United States Senator from New Hampshire, Admiral Vernon E. Clark, appointed by Defense Secretary Gates to lead the military investigation of the Fort Hood massacre, which returned the brilLiant diagnosis of ‘workplace fatigue,” John M. Deutch, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence under President Clinton, Linda Stuntz, Deputy Secretary of Energy in the Clinton admnistration.
And how about William Lynn III, the top lobbyist for Raytheon Co. in our nation’s Capital?
Here’s a guy who was picked by President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for the position of deputy secretary of Defense.
This in the face of an executive order setting new ethics rules which banned lobbyists from serving in the government’s administration.
Lynn’s new job?
Running much of the day-to-day operation of the Defense Department and handling many key budget and procurement decisions.
Having a lot to say about the future of the missile defense system and the contracts with Raytheon Corporation which makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Secretary Gates pushed hard for the appointment of Lynn, despite the ban on hiring lobbyists.
Maybe he thought Lynn could get us a discount.