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I cried last week as I read an article about how hundreds of maimed and injured Syrians are crossing the border into Israel, chaperoned by Israeli military to Israeli hospitals where they are being healed.  Once healed, these Syrians and their families must then sneak back into Syria and keep their treatments secret lest they be accused of being an Israeli collaborator and killed.
My tears flowed for many reasons.  First, because of the horrible human tragedy that is ongoing in Syria where so many civilians have died or have been injured.  I was also deeply moved by the humanitarian efforts of the Israelis, and I was devastatingly saddened by the ongoing repressive state in Syria that exist to foster hatred and enmity and to imprison the Syrian population under the autocratic hand of its leader Assad and his cronies.

I am sure that many around the world have been moved to tears by the tragedy in Syria.  As I ponder it all I wonder what it is that can be done.  I am very sympathetic to the American perspective that it is not our job to police the world.  We cannot afford to do it financially and it is painful to lose lives abroad, especially given our history of effecting too little positive change.  I don’t see this tragedy as a black eye for America, nor do I really disagree with President Obama’s decision to not engage U.S. troops. 

What I do feel is that this is a black eye for the world.  Where is our global leadership?  Wasn’t President Obama supposed to be the leader who could inspire the world to come together to address these sorts of problems?  What are the U.N. and other global organizations doing?  Russia insists that Iran be included at the negotiating table to settle the Syrian problem, yet it has unquestionably been Iran that has propped up an Assad regime that shows every inclination to kill anyone and everyone that stands in the way of their power lust.  And, in spite of their continued support of this horror, we foolishly negotiate with the Iranians on their own nuclear ambitions as though we’re dealing with straight shooters who have a shred of ethical decency.  I feel like crying again.

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