Joseph O. Prewitt Díaz, PhD
September 2, 2013
All the posturing, threats, consultation, and television reports of the last 48 hours may seem that Syria is under a threat of attack, as a result of the inappropriate actions of President Assad and other groups, exposing non-combatant population to sarin gas. Many countries in the world have sat on the sidelines as expectator, amongst them United States, Rusia, and China, while over 100,000 people have been killed and another 1 million forced to exile either in Lebanon, Jordan, or Turkey. President Obama spoke out of anger and those words committed the United States to take action. We suggest that after all the consultation, he decides for peaceful ways to alleviate suffering amongst non-combatants.
This strategies may include providing medical treatment, providing food, water and shelter, and alleviating suffering for women, children and the elderly, through safe spaces outside of the borders of Syria. Approaching President Assad through the United Nations or through third parties or countries that may include consultation and mentoring, helping President Assad how to get back on the straight and narrow and mend his ways with positive actions (less killing, more reconciliation).
Many people realized that the words in Jeremiah’s prediction were coming to fruition. The prophet shares his vision: “Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee, and panic seized her; anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her, of a woman in labor. How is the famous city not forsaken, the city of my joy? Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day, declares the Lord of hosts. And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.”(Jer 49:23-27).
After bad days when the governors come to their senses and atone for their crimes, there will be days of reconstruction, reconciliation and peace. A gospel of peace will reign in Syria. The times will be different: it will not be necessary to resist the bad, but rather share what little you have left, if someone asks you to walk a mile, walk two miles, who ever asks, to him or her you give of what you have. Love your enemies and oppressors, bless those that curse you, do good deeds even to does that are from different group, pray for those that have raped and pilfered from you (Mat 5:39-45).
Peace requires level headedness, and inner peace. If you are patient you will exude patience. If you are loving you will exude love, If you are calm you will exude calmness. It will be up to the common man and woman that have survived from these times of war to become ambassadors of peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers because they will be called the children of God” (Mat. 5:9)