Giovanni Barbieri would like to see a peaceful solution brokered by the UN to the crisis in Syria. And he’d like us all to help make that happen.
Thanks to Edward Snowden I have no doubt that our government has sucked up every whisper in Syria like a whale swimming through a sea of plankton and if the President says we know the Syrian government gassed innocent men, women, and children, I believe him. But that’s not the point.
Even more, the threat to our national security is not clear to me from what the President said but he has made a masterful political decision which might just be a turning point. He’s challenging the world and the American people to step up and voice their opinion on the atrocities in Syria. He’s throwing a symbolic pie in the face of Russia and China as well.
In the next week, let’s hope that governments of all people around the world schedule votes in their “people’s” chambers and let us know where they stand—let Syria’s people know, and let Russia and China know that we’d all love to see them taking a look at their schedules and penciling in peace conference negotiations in Bejing and/or Moscow to solve the conflict.
Confronting dictators in the world does not have to mean bullets and boots on the ground if the community of nations speak out from now to September 9. A greater chance for peace will come by and through all nations confronting the atrocities of war—whether death is inflicted by chemical, bullet or tank in Syria or anywhere else in the world starting now.
Hello Twittersphere, Facebook and whatever else is out there.
Naive I know to imagine that technology can somehow cause a great coalescing of world opinion, but hey, stranger things have happened and this time, it seems different. There is no rush to war and by not snapping into action, we’re telling the world, times have changed.
We’ve just gone back to our Constitutional roots overnight and our “Professor in Chief” has put us all down for a test on our right to speech, petition, and assemble.
So please tweet or post something to your family and friends around the world letting them know that the United States really needs to do some work at home. And, we’re tired of running off to war and most importantly, we would love to see a peaceful solution brokered by the UN.
Oh, and sorry, one more thing. If you could, please let’s ask the people of Russia and China to let their leaders know that refusing to confront dictators around the world isn’t the United States’ fault. Let’s confront the ugly reality of evil with voices of hope and let’s pray to God that peace prevails in Syria because the world spoke up.