Is Assad responsible?

2013-09-01 11:33

As I listened to President Obama's address from the Rose Garden of the White House, vis-a-vis Syria, I recall a sermon that Martin

Luther King Junior once delivered during those halcyon days when Americans wrestled with their consciences vis-a-vis

their treatment of African-Americans. As a professed Christian, perhaps Mr Obama remembers what Prophet Jesus(PBUH)

imparted to his disciples ' be ye therefore as wise as serpents (sic) and harmless as doves'.

As he probably wrestled to find a via media between the hawks and doves in his inner circle whether or not to launch yet another

murderous assault, these words of Jesus must have crossed the threshold of his juristic thought processes,

especially as he was goaded into adopting a neo-martial stance by cold and arrogant people whose hearts had been hardened by the long winter of traditionalism that

saw non-American lives as expendable.

So, pertinently a weekend newspaper headline the question (and I applaud its scepticism) "But is Assad responsible?" (see Sunday Tribune

1.9.2013). In line with the Obama Doctrine,Mr Obama shifted the onus to Congress whether or not to launch a barrage

of missile strikes ,I suspect, haunted by the criminality of his predecessor George W. Bush. I concede that Assad is a brutal

dictator, but one who was tolerated by the very country whose leader seeks his overthrow. And I concede that we need tough

minded leaders to stop such dictators in their tracks especially those who once capitalised in the former's indulgent stance, committing with condoned impunity, acts of barbarity and terror that we have witnessed. Adolf Hitler,I recall, capitalised on that and I remember his chilling words in

Mein Kamf that he reserved reason for the few and emotion for the many. Was this not what Mr Obama was doing?

Oh, and yes, Hitler also wrote that "By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe

that heaven is hell" and vice versa. In other words, the greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.Does anyone reading

this remember how Colin Powell,lied to the UNSC about Saddam Hussein's (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction that

even weapons inspectors could not verify. The same is transpiring in Syria. The question is not whether chemical weapons

were used but, as Guy Adams examined , by whom. Who would gain by this? We all are aware of the sunni/shia faultlines but

can we divest our quest for truth and justice on ideological grounds?

As a Christian. Mr Obama knows that apart from a tough mind,the gospel also demands a soft heart. A tough mind without

a soft heart commits one to a life of perpetual winter devoid, in Martin Luther King's lexicon,"of the warmth of spring and the

gentle heat of summer". 'What', to quote from King's sermon,' is more tragic than to see a person who has risen to the disciplined

heights of tough mindedness' whilst at the same time sinking to ' the passionless depths of hardheartedess?'

Is Assad responsble? I don't know and I am scared of what Prophet Jesus warned 'judge not lest ye be judged'. I say

let the UNSC or the ICC judge and render a verdict for we have witnessed many an unjust crucifixion of late.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

(follow me on twitter @jazlaw24)


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