Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Think Small, Save the World
Several Western nations are poised to act with military intervention in Syria, with the aim of stopping Assad. The regime's alleged use of chemical weapons is the reasoning behind this. The stated goal is to stop an inhuman regime from killing its people with chemical weapons.
Of course, the rebels aren't all the team of freedom fighters we'd like to think they are; they are largely fundamentalists, and they've committed their own share of atrocities. And saving people from chemical weapons by using other weapons that will cause "collateral damage" is ridiculous; I know I wouldn't feel that I had been saved if my saviours accidentally killed my family. Furthermore, the use of chemical weapons could have been staged to promote military intervention. I don't know what the truth is, nor will I blindly accept the media's slant on the truth.
So instead of thinking big, of buying into a version of the truth, an ideology, of stopping Assad; I'd like to think small, of helping a Syrian child, for example, who has been the victim of a brutal war.
Instead of thinking big and paying taxes to provide weapons or to support military intervention to topple Assad and save the world with a lot of "collateral damage" along the way, I'd like to think small and ride a bicycle from Western Europe to Syria. I am hoping to encourage others to think small, that is, in human terms, and to contribute a little money, which will go to the International Rescue Committee's Syrian refugee crisis fund, or to Polish Humanitarian Action, whose members work inside Syria to deliver goods and medical aid to the victims of the war.
Enough money redirected from providing weapons to helping people in need will get rid of every Assad who pops up.
So put political ideology aside for a while, stop thinking big, and think small, in human terms. Stop pondering the best way to use weapons to make the world "safe for Democracy", and act to provide for those caught in a war rife with ideologies.
Here's how you can think small to save the world; put ten bucks or ten euros aside and donate to:
http://www.pah.org.pl/wspieraj-nas/182 Polish Humanitarian Action;
or to http://diy.rescue.org/cycling-Syria International Rescue Committee