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Maguire writes: "In all our hearts we know War is not the answer for Syria (Nor for Iran). Intervention in Syria would only make things worse. I believe all sides are committing war crimes and the provision of arms will only results in further death. The US/UK/NATO and all foreign governments should stay out of Syria and keep their funding and troops out of Syria."

Mairead Corrigan-Maguire. (photo: Haaretz)
Mairead Corrigan-Maguire. (photo: Haaretz)



No to War in Syria

By Mairead Maguire, Reader Supported News

29 June 12

 

eople around the world are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Syria.

While we are being presented with some perspective of what is occurring on the ground to the people of Syria, the door seems closed to others. We search for voices we can trust, voices which point to a peaceful, lasting solution to the conflict. We search for truth because it is truth which will set the Syrian people free. Truth is difficult to find, so through the haze of conflicting narratives we must inevitably hear the voices and wisdom of men and women of peace in Syria.

Many may believe that there is a fight going on in Syria for ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’. We can be seduced into thinking there is a magic wand or instant formula to mix that will create a democratic country, but there are none. If it is a democracy a people want they must strive for it in their own way. It is said the greek idea of democracy was that people would be equally valued. This is something every society has to strive for at every point in its history; it itself is a ‘revolutionary’ concept and a nonviolent revolutionary action. Strive to value everyone equally. It is an idea, a motivation for a better world that doesn’t require blood; it requires the hard work of people and the nurturing of a community spirit; a constant growing of peace and it starts within each human heart.

Who are the voices of peace in regard to the crisis in Syria? Many of them we cannot hear from where we are standing. They are the mothers and fathers and children who want to leave their homes to walk to market or to school without fear. They are the people, who have been working hard for Syria, for the idea of Syria as a secular and modern country.

There are some Syrian voices that have been heard consistently since the beginning of the crisis. Many of them are anonymous and they speak to us about injustices and atrocities. Numbers are given and fingers are pointed. The blame may be apportioned correctly or it may not. Everything is happening too quickly; commentators and politicians are making decisions with haste and looking only in one corner for support for their certainty. But in the heat of the madness of violent ethnic/political conflict we must listen and ask questions and hear and speak with some uncertainty because it is certainty that can take a people and a country in a rush to war.

The face of the Mufti of Syria is hardly known in the western world, but if we have learned anything from past conflict, it is the importance of all inclusive dialogue. He and many other Syrians who have peace in their hearts should be invited to sit with a council of elders from other countries, to tell of their stories and proposals for ways forward for the Syrian people. The United Nations was not set up to provide an arena for the voices and games of the powerful; rather it should be a forum for such Syrian voices to be heard. We need to put ourselves in the shoes of the Syrian people and find peaceful ways forward in order to stop this mad rush towards a war the mothers and fathers and children of Syria do not want and do not deserve.

We all know there are imams, priests and nuns, fathers, mother, young people all over Syria crying out for peace and when the women in hijabs shout to the world after a bombing or a massacre in Syria ‘haram, haram’ let us hear and listen to them.

We are sure there are many heroes in Syria among them, christian patriarchs, bishops, priests, and religious. A modern hero of peace, one whose name we do know and whose voice we have heard is Mother Agnes Mariam.1 In her community her voice has been clear, pure and loud. And it should be so in the West. Like many people in Syria she has been placed in life threatening situations, but for the sake of peace she has chosen to risk her own existence for the safety and security of others. She has spoken out against the lack of truth in our media regarding Syria and about the terror and chaos which a ‘third force’ seems to be spreading across the country. Her words confront and challenge us because they do not mirror the picture of events in Syria we have built up in our minds over many months of reading our newspapers and watching the news on our televisions. Much of the terror has been imported, we learn from her. She can tell us about the thousands of christian refugees, forced to flee their homes by an imported Islamist extreme. But Mother Agnes Mariam’s concerns, irrespective of religion, are for all the victims of the terror and conflict, as ours must be.

In all our hearts we know War is not the answer for Syria (Nor for Iran). Intervention in Syria would only make things worse. I believe all sides are committing war crimes and the provision of arms will only results in further death. The US/UK/NATO and all foreign governments should stay out of Syria and keep their funding and troops out of Syria.

We should support those Syrians who work for peace in Syria and who seek a way of helping the 22 million or so people of Syria to resolve their own conflict without furthering the chaos or violence.

  1. Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross is a Greek-Catholic (Melkite) nun of Lebanese / Palestinian descent and has lived and worked in Syria for 18 years. She restored the ancient ruined monastery of St. James the Mutilated at Qara, in Homs province where she founded an order which serves the local and wider community. In 2010 the monastery welcomed 25,000 visitors both Syrian and international. []

Mairead Maguire is a Nobel Peace Laureate with The Peace People. Read other articles by Mairead.

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0 # Activista 2012-06-29 15:35
check/search YouTube - Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross- Syria's Christians being killed by US backed rebels!!"
-- Asked whether it was the Free Syrian Army that was telling Christians to get out, Mother Agnes Miriam answered “yes…it was commander on the ground Abdel Salam Harba who decided that there was to be no more negotiations with Christians.” She said that Christians are being targeted because they are refusing to back the rebels and instead prefer to keep out of either side of the conflict. She said that the rebels are specifically targeting government troops in Christian areas and are taking Christians as human shields." - rebels are terrorists - compare to Hilary/Obama propaganda
 
 
+4 # John Locke 2012-06-30 07:13
Activista: The US always backs the wrong side, do you think this is by accident?

Was is a very profitable business! It will only continue so long as the intelligence of the typical US Citizen remains low...Once Americans learn to think beyond the propaganda they are fed by the government controlled media this may change, but we are a long way from that, right now!

Right now just give us our beer and ballgames and a rifle to hunt Deer and we are complacent, that is the intellect of the typical US citizen...
 
 
+2 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-29 17:44
In case you missed it...

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/syri-j28.shtml

US-backed gunmen stage massacre at Syrian TV station
By Bill Van Auken
28 June 2012

Gunmen stormed a pro-government television station in Syria Wednesday, slaughtering seven employees, wounding others and taking several people hostage. The attack came a day after President Bashar al-Assad declared Syria to be in “a real state of war.”

Killed in the early morning attack on Ikhbariya TV, located in a southern suburb of Damascus, were three journalists and four security guards. The attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelle d grenades at the security guards before ransacking the satellite station’s offices and studios and then setting powerful explosive devices that reduced the buildings to broken and burning rubble.

An outside wall of one of the buildings was splattered with blood, where the station’s employees had been bound, forced to their knees and then executed in cold blood.

The assault on Ikhbariya TV came just one day after the European Union issued new sanctions on sections of Syria’s state-run media, and followed the move earlier this month by the Arab League to force two Pan-Arab satellite companies to black out Syrian channels.

The massacre is part of an escalation of attacks by the so-called Free Syrian Army and other insurgent militias.
[...]
 
 
+2 # Activista 2012-06-29 23:38
Mass media reported this atrocity as "daring attack"
never in my 60+ years (and I lived under different regimes) I witnessed such sick war lies/propaganda.
Military yearly TRUE cost is over $1 trillion - and as we attack more and more countries the cost will go up - by NEOCON design.
 
 
+3 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-29 18:13
There is hardly any news about anything beyond US borders on the page now, but it is huge world out there, important in itself. Yet US interactions with it are also sadly lacking in most media even though the US can be greatly affected by it -- and sometimes take the brunt of attacks.
Next time someone asks 'why do they hate us?' look at stories like this.


http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m89202&hd=&size=1&l=e

PEW Report: Anti-American sentiment rife in Pakistan
By Musab Memon
[...]
 
 
0 # John Locke 2012-07-01 09:08
bluepilgrim: It's our fault for being ignorant and allowing our elected officials to act "irresponsibly" around the world...we have never dared to held any of our officials accountable!

We just bury our heads in the sand and make excuses for their misbehavior... and we even participate in their illegal wars!

We have become a sad replica of the human race! Worshipping the lesser of the two evils instead of searching for good!

History will someday define us as the lost society, lost from the annals of logic and reason and more in tune to the hordes of the Roman Empire and their legions

We as a nation will collapse like all before us, it is the nature of all governments to be self corrupting, and we are no exception!

WE are the enemy we see when we look in the mirror!
 
 
+4 # geraldom 2012-06-30 16:29
Why do people get so wordy? All of this can be simplified. If the truth be told, it really doesn't matter to the U.S. or its puppet cronies in Europe who jump thru our hoops what atrocities the rebels commit, only what the Syrian govt commits. And the loss of human life in Syria, either at the hands of the rebels or at the hands of the Syrian govt, has little value to the U.S. & its puppet cronies in Europe who jump thru our hoops. This is all a facade. This is all about doing what we did in Iraq, regime change, replacing Pres Bashar al-Assad with someone more friendlier to our agenda, to control one more country in the region.

In an illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 for its oil among other things, by the U.S. under Bush & continued under Obama, well over 2 million innocent Iraqis, men, women, & children, not to mention the half-million children that died as a result of the inhuman sanctions against Iraq during the 1990s, without any sincere remorse or regret by the U.S., how can anyone truly believe that the U.S. really cares about the loss of human life in Syria? And, when you include the amount of innocent human life lost at the hands of the U.S. in both Afghanistan & Pakistan, again without any remorse or regrets by the U.S., our concerns in Syria become even more ludicrous.

Russia knows, or should know, what will happen if President Bashar al-Assad is removed. They will lose Syria as one of their few allies in the world today.
 
 
0 # bluepilgrim 2012-07-01 01:12
I saw some people saying the Russians are also worried about a rise in the Muslim extremists -- terrorists. They already have problems with that. Neither do they want any more US control in the area. This happens if the US gets a friendlier dictator or not -- I'd likely not. It's enough for the war mongers to destroy the country and further 'destabilize' the region.
 
 
0 # geraldom 2012-07-01 11:07
bluepilgrim, the threat to Russia seems somewhat greater from extremist Muslims than it is to us since they, as a country, are much closer to the action than we are, but Russia's situation is somewhat more complicated. Russia's greatest threat doesn't come from Muslim extremists, but from the U.S.

Since the U.S., in terms of high tech non-nuclear weaponry, is so much advanced and superior to both Russia & China, the only thing that prevents the U.S. from making more aggressive moves towards Russia or China is MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. That is why it would be complete madness for either Russia or China to give up any more of their nuclear stockpile.

When George Bush Senior negotiated a deal with Mikhail Gorbachev in the early 1990s in allowing the breakup of the old Soviet Union into its individual states, Bush promised Gorbachev, in writing, that the U.S. & our proxy army in Europe, NATO, would never attempt to encroach into these new states, either politically or militarily, & you know how that worked out, don't you, bluepilgrim?

The U.S. has had a very long history of violating treaties when it is convenient & profitable, beginning with the first citizens of this country, the American Indian.

If I were Russia (and China), I would wake up & see the sunshine, to see the true long term agenda of the U.S. Metaphorically speaking, the U.S. has a proverbial knife behind our backs waiting to be unleashed at the right time.
 
 
0 # Activista 2012-07-01 10:01
Israel/AIPAC or its puppet cronies in US-Government who jump thru our hoops what atrocities the rebels commit, only what the Syrian govt commits....?
 
 
0 # geraldom 2012-07-01 10:48
Quoting Activista:
Israel/AIPAC or its puppet cronies in US-Government who jump thru our hoops what atrocities the rebels commit, only what the Syrian govt commits....?


Activista, I have no idea what point you're trying to make here. Why don't you explain what you're trying to say more clearly. But, allow me to assume what I think you're trying to say & respond to it.

In my posting, when I say that "If the truth be told, it really doesn't matter to the U.S. or its puppet cronies in Europe who jump thru our hoops what atrocities the rebels commit, only what the Syrian govt commits," it probably confuses people, especially after I state that "And the loss of human life in Syria, either at the hands of the rebels or at the hands of the Syrian govt, has little value to the U.S. & its puppet cronies in Europe who jump thru our hoops."

The U.S. & our cronies in Europe who jump thru our hoops only care about the loss of innocent human life as a result of the atrocities committed by the Syrian govt strictly for propaganda use as they have done from the very start. They shed pure crocodile tears.

Based on the loss of innocent life as a result of the U.S. actions in illegally attacking Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, & Yemen, just to mention a few, for world domination, which has caused, as a minimum, the deaths of more than 2 million people, men, women, & children, without any remorse or regrets, says it all, Activista.
 

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