As of the writing of this, the nations of the world are struggling to come to terms with what actions, if any, should be taken to stop the use of chemical weapons by Syria on it’s citizens.
During World War Two, it was known that Adolf Hitler’s Germany was engaged in the genocide of it’s citizens, as well as it’s prisoners of war. It was not a secret, but for reasons of there own, many Nations denied that the genocide was taking place.
The words of Edmund Burke still carry the same weight as when they were written, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing.”
How quickly we seem to forget the capacity for humans to perform horrible acts. The evolutionary process is slow and much of the animal instinct which has helped us to survive, still courses through our veins. We are gifted with the power to learn lessons from history so that one generation does not need to make the mistakes of the past, while we wait for a software update to our humanity in the form of a evolutionary step.
It has been the nature of those committing these acts to keep it hidden from the world. Afterwards, they pretend that it never happen. They simply rewrite history to suit their new desired reality. An act of concealment, which demonstrates knowledge of guilt. With that said, I expect nothing less than denial from those engaged in this activity. But what of those who know the truth and are unwilling to intervene.
I’ve heard the out cry that the United States is once again taking on the role of world police officer, and I agree that International action is need. The United States should not be acting on it’s own. We have a United Nations that should step forward, but I need to point something out of vital importance. The United Nations was established in 1945. The following is a list of the genocides which took place from 1950 to the present.
Bangladesh War – Pakistan
Dirty War in Argentina
The Congo civil war
There are many more, but you get the picture. If for no other reason, except that of self preservation, you need to know that when we turn our backs on those in need, we endanger the sanctity of our safety. I don’t know what action should be taken, but none is not an option. I would interested in seeing those who enabled these situations brought to justice. After all, none of this ever happens in a vacuum.