Troubles in a number of countries
SyriaI recently saw a reportage about Syria and the fighting that is going on there. How is happening that one day there will be a ruler in that country who is no longer accepted by many of his people and thus people will fight against him because he refuses to leave. In the end, he will only be remembered as the person who tried to remain in power for as long as possible and as a result the city Damascus (and cities across the country), thousands of years old and one of the oldest, if not the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world, may be completely destroyed, similarly to what happened before during the war in Lebanon. Indeed, already historical parts of cities are gone during attacks from the army while rebels are blowing up parts of the city to undermine the army. If only Assad would accept to leave the country, the destruction of the country could stop and some of his and his family's achievements may remain. Idle hope as he was again elected as president. One day he will be gone but at what a price for future generations. And what I find difficult to understand is that his wife, born in the UK, remains his loyal wife. Although, maybe she is forced to stay with him? And concerning the Western fighters: although some go for the wrong reasons, many others go because they are upset that a president kills so many of his own people. While today we condemn those fighting Assad, in future men may be sent against their wishes to fight him. Still, ones revolutions have started, they hardly ever stop after the Head left. Indeed, years after Colonel Gaddafi was shot, people start fighting each other again.
TurkeyThey also showed videos of demonstrations in Turkey where police were hitting people who apparently didn't even seem to be protesting. In this country, I guess people want peace and the return of law and order and thus hope for a strong leader whereby the older generation may support Erdogan as he is religious and made Turkey appear to be strong again in the world while many of the younger generation wants change and thus many oppose him. As a result, parents may vote for an authoritarian leader who may fight their children as this person too clinches onto power (after being PM, he now wants to become president). Even during a mining disaster he warned the people not to demonstrate while he and trustees were seen hitting people; one would have expected him to say the mining disaster will be investigated so lessons can be learned to prevent something similar happens in future while any neglect will be punished. Now he seemed to regard the victims as his enemies while business can continue as before. Thus, one day the older generation may mourn their children because they voted for a power-hungry person who didn't mind using force against their children as already happened during protests to keep a small park (the worrying thing is how he always describes opponents and considers them as enemies). Parents should accept choices and changes demanded by their adult children as they are the future while not enforcing the past on their children. Parents who try to stop the future will always mourn their children although, of course, not everything of the past should be neglected as everyone acknowledges. Therefore children should be properly educated so they are able to make the correct decisions as adults. But of course, his actions may proof me wrong.
UkraineA little further, in Ukraine is now something similar starting to happen whereby already people started killing people from the same country until hate may become big enough so the international society will accept the country can no longer exist as one country. On the other hand, if (inter)national communities decide that countries should stay together, then of course this can mean sacrificing their own people. For me, the troubles in Ukraine are already a civil war with people killing people from their own country but it also already resulted in the death of many foreigners as a civilian airplane was shot down above Ukraine; it seems the rebels first celebrated that (they) shot down a plane as they thought it were other Ukrainians until they noticed the wrong plane was hit upon which they removed the text. Still, many rebels seem to have become immune of the misery they caused to innocent people as otherwise they would have allowed much quicker that experts could visit the remains of the plane. Maybe they thought the international community will give in and accept the split of the country, certainly now the rebels showed their goodwill by returning the bodies and black boxes. But then they may be mistaken because shooting down a plane with innocent people will not likely be forgiven and thus this accident complicated the whole situation while already two more planes, this time from Ukraine, are shot down and this will continue until the Western part will no longer forgive the East and thus wants revenge and afterwards a split. But also, unless proven and then evidence should be shown, I can't believe what some claim, that Russia is directly involved as the Russian President wants to be recognised as an important world figure and thus is unlikely to order that innocent people are shot out the sky as that will cause anger. And indeed, there seems to be evidence the shooting was an accident. Russia may have trained the rebels and sold the weapons, that doesn't mean they are directly responsible for the actions of others (also the West supported countries (e.g. Iraq) and organisations that later turned against them or others). On the other hand, Russian politicians show their real character as they don't seem to understand that the West and other countries are very upset and thus expect that Russia works together with the West to bring justice or becomes even more isolated. I hope President Obama (and Europe) will use as much as possible diplomatic skills to convince the Russian President Putin to work together with the West to find answers to what happened. Because when innocent people die, and certainly when children are victims, one can't accept that criminals are not punished; Russia would also demand actions from the West if a Russian plane was shot down. Therefore, Russia should help to find answers about what happened because, if Russia refuses to help to find answers, then the West should take sanctions. And thus diplomacy is important. Still, I think we should also accept the referendum held in Eastern Ukraine although that doesn't mean being weak (indeed, only the part that wants to go can do so while the other parts will be defended if necessary) because a real war is much more difficult to control. Split Ukraine and Russia will gain a little influence while the West will gain most. And when the eastern region is independent, then of course we can still demand that those responsible for the downing of the plane are punished or the region will face the consequences, i.e. no trade and thus poverty until the people surrender those responsible. Then, if Russia continues opposing capturing those responsible for the shooting of the plane, it will become isolated while if it helps us than of course we should involve Russia more so it doesn't have to feel isolated. That doesn't mean agreeing with everything because indeed, human rights are not very respected in that country. But it is not very wise to challenge Russia for everything because 100 years after we said "never again" we don't want to say "again?" (although some wouldn't mind) because we never know how it will end. And has the Russian President shown so little respect for President Obama that the latter is so angry? If it is racism, then President Obama should be used to this by now as many of his own people oppose him for that reason although claim for other reasons. A final thought: the more isolated Russia becomes, the more it may feel forced to join and lead the wrong side because Russia is a superpower, not a small country that depends upon others. And one should hope President Putin doesn't start enjoying these 'games'. And sanctions against the oil industry will damage a little as Russia will not beg us to buy its oil but sell it to others such as China (at reduced prices) while some Western oil companies involved in Russia will be damaged. And Russia may also react.
Israel and GazaAnd now, also in Israel and Gaza there are major troubles whereby in short period many people were killed (more than 1000 and counting), mainly on Palestinian side. Israel is very harsh in its response of the killing of three Israeli teenagers, probably by Palestinians, versus the revenge killing of one Palestinian teenager by Israeli youth (who were later arrested by Israel) but also for the discovery of tunnels from Gaza into Israel. It was expected that these troubles would erupt one day as you can't take away people's land and close borders around an area to starve people and demand they have no tunnels because that will radicalise people; also the Jews rebelled in the ghetto of Warsaw when no food could get in (but this can't be mentioned although Jews didn't throw bombs on the Germans in peace time). Indeed, many Israeli Jews (but probably also Israeli Arabs should) fear that certain individuals try to enter Israel to kill and thus it is normal people try to destroy the tunnels (can't that be done on Israel's side?). And as hardline politicians (such as PM Netanyahu but also foreign minister Lieberman) were elected to rule Israel (even annoying President Obama), we can expect that one day someone in Israel will choose "the final solution" to stop future attacks. In democracies, the outcome of elections are accepted and thus the victory of Hamas in Gaza years ago should have been accepted instead of being dismissed as anti-democratic while in the West-Bank Mr Abbas of Fatah became President. If the results were accepted, all parties involved could have proven their goodwill and whether they were trustworthy and if not, people would have accepted Israel defends itself. All these years, there should have been peacetalks between the different parties to find solutions as also others such as the Israeli David Grossman claims, but they were only fake, even with President Abbas, as some don't want to share. But these heavy attacks are not likely to bring peace (although at this moment they unite the Israelis), on the contrary as they will more then likely radicalise more Palestinians and unite them; they may even one day unite the whole Arabic world with anti-Semites against the Jews as is prophetised by the gods (during a time when the water levels of the Lake of Galilee are falling as is happening (because humans remove too much water so that those who conquer Israel have little water and thus will become weak) (as the religious people know this, they want it to happen because each think they will be the winners). The UN is demanding a ceasefire, and although Israel did agree to some, it was only for short times while it angers the politicians.
But also outside the UN, protests are growing everywhere. Some people are angry that the international community doesn't respond much stronger for the aggression done to their own people. But also anger by ordinary people grow against the actions of Israel (although in Germany people don't like these demonstration as the fourth Reich will be different, although that should not make blind) and while many claim anti-Semitism is growing, and indeed anti-Semites (the same who are anti-Muslim or anti-Christian and anti-atheist and anti-gay and want women to obey men, in summary: who are anti-human) may use this anger one day against the Jews while they now celebrate the war against the Palestinians, most people are not anti-Semitic although the continued attacks may change this. Indeed, many people see how innocent children (and people) are killed and become angry (even when Jews try to explain Hamas is the problem because its fighters hide amongst its own people). And although I understand Israel wants to defend itself against future attacks via these tunnels, how can they defend and even watch in joy the killing of innocent people (Sderot cinema) and not understand the anger people feel about this? How would Jews feel if people wouldn't become angry when their children would be killed? Because many of the people who demand that the killing of Palestinians stop would also become angry and defend Jewish children if they were killed (unless too many innocent children in Gaza are killed because then, if Israel may be attacked one day, people may say they deserve it for they killed the children of others until too many Jewish children are killed). Still, already Jews are starting to feel threatened in the world and are thinking of moving to the war zone Israel. But those who defend the actions of Israel and say that people are anti-Semitic when they ask Israel to stop the attacks on a civilian population may one day themselves become very angry that, although they defended Israel's actions, Israel hardly ever obeys international laws.
And thus Jews celebrating the attacks on Gaza may one day result in their punishment as their actions anger many people, certainly in the Muslin world and thus may result one day in the unification behind a certain (Muslim) leader who will attack and punish Israel. Then these people may celebrate the death of Jewish children and thus get their punishment from an even larger community of whom many already hate Muslims as some attacked the West and thus they may celebrate the death of Muslim children, a circle that may keep rolling until it can be broken by destroying those who benefit from these wars. One day even Jews may turn against each other while some may commit suicide when they start to hate killing more children (and other innocent people). Indeed, one should always try to punish the guilty although even then innocent people can die, but one should equally always try not to celebrate the death of innocent people, certainly when the victims are children because there is a difference between self-defence and murder (although I understand that sometimes genocides erupt such as in the Central African Republic where enough people from one religion were killed by those of another that now people want revenge, still we condemn the people for the revenge killing because it doesn't focus on the guilty but on the group as a whole). And the Palestinians, maybe they too should try to find and punish those who killed these three Israeli teenagers while a two-state solution is probably the only solution so the descendants of the two half-brothers (Jews and Muslims both claim to be descendants from Abraham but with different mothers) will each have their part of the heritage of their ancestor and thus can stop fighting. Better still, Jews and Muslims make peace and become one family as some still try to do.
But not only monarchies have dual Heads nowadays (as people live longer), even the Roman Catholics are having two popes; lets hope the previous pope will not interfere one day when he may find the current pope goes too far in condemning priests who abused children but certainly when he may humiliate another priest or bishop for living in too much luxury, or maybe because the current pope may one day apologise for all the suffering caused by the Church to gay and other people over the past centuries.
But it can be different: the USSR felt apart almost without us noticing it except for a few victims because President Gorbatsjev didn't use the army to stop it happening; he accepted the inevitable. Also Czechoslovakia accepted the outcome of their referendum and the country ceased to exist without one person dying while now the people even seem to wonder why they separated and now work together in the areas they choose (because within the EU the country was one level too much to unite the differences). Concerning the referendum about Scottish independence, I do wonder whether it will be accepted because many politicians are threatening the country may not be viable and may not belong to the EU and/or Nato. And because many in power warn in such an aggressive way that it should not split, the numbers of people in favour of independence is growing as people in general don't like it to be told how they should vote, certainly not from foreigners such as an American President or the EU while Scotland is the main pro-EU region in the UK. Europe can only unite when it accepts diversity or it causes troubles.
But sometimes war to keep a country together is acceptable. Indeed, the reason for the civil war in the US was because one part of the country wanted to continue slavery and thus take away people's freedom while the other part tried to end slavery. Therefore, the war that followed is defensible even when many people died because it was about human rights and the freedom of people who were born later. Also South-Africa liberated the black from white racists because there was a liberation movement and now they can co-rule while everywhere in the world people had to free themselves from their conquerors.