Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Unspeakable

It is difficult to observe what is going on in the world this week; by all accounts the situation is far more complex than any layperson can comprehend.  The Syrian crisis consists not only of an oppressive and murderous regime slaughtering its own people; the civil war is also sectarian, and, for all we know, also tribal.
To see the West lurching towards another d├ębacle in the Middle East has suppressed all my words.  Perhaps unilateral action can be 'justified' but as always, the West does not always, if ever, comprehend the subtleties of the Middle East or, for that matter, the East. How, for example, does the West with its supposedly clear-cut morals respond to a culture where a subtle liar is admired?
Unspeakable. There are no happy outcomes here. Such conflicts bankrupt everyone, financially, morally, spiritually, humanly. 'For such there is only prayer and fasting.'

2 Comments:

Blogger changeinthewind said...

Yes.

7:00 pm, August 27, 2013  
Blogger Chris Huff said...

Ditto. Another case for humility. From our lectionary reading in Luke 14: "For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

And from Sirach 10: Pride was not created for human beings, or violent anger for those born of women."
Chris at axtwosix.blogspot.com

4:44 pm, August 28, 2013  

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