US, Hands Off Syria!
(A Statement of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum on the Plan of the United
States of America to Attack the Regime of President Bashar Al-Assad of
Here comes again the self-appointed global policeman, ready to strike at
US President Barrack Obama has announced that he is ready to punish the
leadership of Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people.
More than a thousand innocent civilians, women and children included, died
in the attack. The perpetrators of this heinous crime against humanity
should be made accountable!
What does Obama hope to accomplish by attacking Syria? Sensing that the
international community and the American public themselves do not support
him, he blinked, and decided to seek approval from the US Congress before
taking action. He clarified that the objective of the attack is not regime
change but simply to punish Assad for using chemical weapons, and “deter,
disrupt, prevent and degrade” his regime’s ability to use chemical weapons
again. Obama’s does not intend, he says, to enter into war with Syria, but
launch a “limited cruise missile strike” in order to send its message.
Does President Obama treat President al-Assad as a little child? That al-Assad
will simply accept the “punishment”?
On the contrary, al-Assad vows to defend his country, asserting that Syria
has the capability to enter into a full-scale war against the West. And
should the war happen, even the Syrian rebels may fight against the US
because they don’t trust this country. Opposition activist Mohammad al-Tageb
said that the US “has never been a friend but an enemy.”
For the US to strike at Syria would be another blunder like its attack on
Iraq. It will be very costly not only in terms of money but more so in
terms of lives. If Assad’s regime had killed 1,400 (counts of other groups
are much less), the casualties of US action in Syria could reach tens of
thousands. The contemplated solution would only result to bigger problems.
More innocent lives, including women and children, will become victims as
the missiles would not distinguish between armed targets and civilians.
It would be wiser for Obama to stay put so that the lives of American
soldiers will be spared as well. The message he wants to send al-Assad had
already reached the latter.
Obama, a former Muslim and a Christian, should listen to the prophet
Isaiah who said: “He (God) shall judge between the nations, and rebuke
many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their
spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NKJV).
He should stay off Syria.
Issued this 7th day of September, 2013.
BISHOP ELMER M. BOLOCON, UCCP
MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS S. IńIGUEZ, JR., D.D.
BISHOP FELIXBERTO L. CALANG, IFI