Another War?

As predicted, the language of Western politicians is becoming more bellicose. Whatever the findings of the U.N. team now investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria, there is a disturbing sense that President Obama’s talk of a red line being crossed is going to lead to a missile strike or more. While some are  busy beating the drum about its being ‘the right thing to do’ (arguable) and lamenting the terrible loss of life in Syria (undeniable), I wonder how many are asking themselves one simple question: who gains from this? On the face of it, using chemical weapons was not only murderous, it was crazy. Neither the Assad regime nor its opponents are stupid. Perhaps we should be looking beyond Syria to some other more shadowy figures who stand to gain from the West’s being plunged into yet another war, and pray with all our hearts that another catastrophe may be averted.

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11 thoughts on “Another War?”

  1. There seems to be an appetite among politicians to wage war on any premise. The talk of targeted missile strikes will result in huge loss of innocent lives and property as the Iraq and Libya debacles showed.

    The unacceptable face of politics is their desire to escalate a civil war into what could well become a regional if not world war. Is there no limit to their madness.

    There is no UN mandate for such operations and the danger is of Russia and other Syrian allies coming into the war on the side of the Syrian government. The possible difficulties are spoken about discreetly while the drum for immediate action is banged loudly.

    How much collateral damage is acceptable to the western governments, or are we now so used to dealing out death whole sale that we are immune to any thoughts or feelings for those who are on the receiving end?

    I hope and pray that the Syrian government come to their senses and open up completely in seeking peace and reconciliation in their nation, this should be our role, helping this process, not prosecuting another ill thought out, unjust indiscriminate campaign at a distance with no thought for the people involved or the wider consequences for the country, region and the world.

  2. It is not likely Pr. Obama will start a war. After Irak and now. Afghanistan americans and many more countries has lost soldiers. He will try to persuade the countries in war to negociate.
    Let us support him with our prayers.
    God will listen to ALL.

  3. I don’t think the western powers want another war, and I understand the point about shadowy figures, but I do think that sometimes one has to stand up and oppose evil. Catherine – I think you are right that it is arguable whether or not using force is the right thing to do – but it is precisely that, arguable, and there are reasonable grounds for saying that it is. When intervention takes place and lives are lost, we tend to be slightly hazy over what would have happened had we not intervened. Some interventions appear – with hindsight – to have been a mistake, others appear to have worked. What would have happened to the Bosnian Muslims if there had been no intervention? And what might not have happened in Rwanda if there had been? Issues are rarely clear cut, but unless we are pacifists – and I am not – then there must be times when force os the lesser evil.

  4. The church used to explain ‘unjust war vs just war’ in it’s moral theology. That however changed with Pope John XXIII saying that with the devastation of modern weaponry there is no longer any premise for a just war and all war is now evil and to be avoided.

    There are also the issues of sovereignty and who indeed IS on the so called moral high ground.

    No one has appointed the ‘West’ a world police force.

    I believe that the violent Islamic groups are behind the scenes in all these unstable place atm manipulating events.

    The loss of life and undue human suffering are lamentable, indeed they cry to heaven for help, but there is much more at play all over the middle east then even the media or western governments appear to grasp or admit.

    Prayer has in history averted war and other disasters, in a world that has in many places turned its back on God that there is so much strife is not a great surprise.

    We must individually and collectively pray more , proclaim the Gospel in truth constantly and embrace the crosses given us for the salvation of humanity.

    These are evil times, war is the fruit of evil in the world as our Lady of Fatima so clearly pointed out. We need therefore to amend our lives and do penance for sinners.

  5. WE need to pray as never before. There are so many countries in the Middle East that are in a state of conflict.
    Come Lord Jesus Prince of Peace; Holy God rule and reign in this area of the world

  6. This is inmoral, out beyond satanic act. The use of chemical weapons to destroy your own population just for chair it is crazy and iresponsible

  7. Have to agree that the regime using the dreadful weapons knew full well the response that other governments would make. A military response (while appeasing the gut reaction to hit back) is unlikely to improve the lot of civilians and may play into the hands of a more sinister agenda – widening the conflict and strengthening the divisions between “Western” governments and those who object the their involvement.
    Humanitarian aid and the eventual arrest of war criminals might work better than throwing more violence into a country devastated by conflict. Shadowy figures with vested interests are, I feel, going to gain from the situation spiralling out of control. We must pray for the poor people who are trapped in such a terrible situation.

  8. It was interesting to hear Ambassador Ryan Crocker on the Today programme this morning (Tuesday, 27th, circa 7.10), contributing his reflections on who might gain from military intervention. An experienced U.S. diplomat, he voiced very serious misgivings.

  9. Thank you for all your comments. You will understand, I’m sure, why I don’t think it’s appropriate to respond individually, but I’m grateful for your different perspectives and insights.

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