Bashar al-Assad Interviewed By Dennis Kucinich.

President Hafez al-Asad with his family in the...
President Hafez al-Asad with his family in the early 1970s. From left to right: Bashar, Maher, Mrs Anisa Makhlouf (the then new First Lady of Syria), Majd, Bushra, and Basil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted September 19, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

The year 2013 has seen events on Earth of historic dimensions. May we all, every person in every country and region, do whatever we can to end the war and killing in Syria, and allow the innocent Syrian people to return to a peaceful, normal way of living now. Please consider including prayers to whatever your concept is of the Supreme Being, Creator, Allah, Great Spirit, Source, Krishna, Higher Self, or God.

The continued suffering of men, women and children in Syria and the countries on its borders simply has to stop. One can safely say that what is occurring in that region of the Earth is insanity. In the year 2013 civilization is given another horrific example of failure to communicate in ways which produce brotherhood, peace and understanding between people of the various regions of the world.

As someone who has come to accept the concept of oneness among all people, all life and all things, I have no wish to take “sides” in the current war going on in Syria. In ultimate reality there are no sides on this planet-we are all one. Oneness is a somewhat new development in discussions about war and peace, money, natural resources, economics etc., but the spiritual concept has been present throughout human history. It is the case that oneness is the inevitable destination for humanity-it is not a question of if the human race will arrive at a condition of oneness, but when.

To be honest it would have been great if Dennis Kucinich or Greg Palkot had asked Bashar al-Assad what his spiritual views were with regard to the crisis his country and people are unfortunately experiencing. The closest Mr. Assad came to sharing any type of spiritual thought was when he mentioned the young people of Syria, how their psyches had been severely wounded with scenes of human barbarism, which need not be repeated here.

Given the overwhelming, obvious negative consequences of war: death, destruction, refugees who have to leave their homes and possessions, the severe psychological damage to combatants on each “side”, to the innocents caught-trapped in the line of fire, to the lasting images seared into the minds of those in war zones, how has humanity not yet walked past war as a method of settling differences?

The people who start wars, killing and violence are motivated by what? We would look at the horrific consequences of the actions of the initiators, consider how those known results weigh into the decisions of the initiators, and come to see that concern for the health and well-being of one’s fellow human beings does not factor into their war equations.

Every last shred of evidence concerning the August 21 chemical attacks, from whatever country or source or personal testimony, needs to be placed on the table, investigated, and examined by the finest men and women law enforcement officials, experts and attorneys in the world. The International Criminal Court should begin the investigation without delay.

Those responsible for these barbaric acts need to be identified and face punishment.

At the same time everything possible has to be done to stop the war, destruction and killing, and help those who are in need.

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