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  • Edición impresa de Abril 17, 2018.

Sometimes I enjoy Facebook because it gives me glimpses of people caring for each other and enjoying simple things. One can find all sort of things, old wise sayings, comments on the current political issues, funny retorts to very serious concerns. In this way it shows a kaleidoscopic view of the world where, silly or serious, everyone matters.

On Facebook you can join movements even if you never go places. You can support demonstrations without leaving home, you can stand in solidarity with people who have lost a family member, but at the same time you can watch T.V. and have a soda.

What I am trying to say is that nowadays we have a rather porous view of the world. With so much continuous information on the latest of Trump’s scandals, the war in Syria, the LBGT movement, the actions against the National Rifle Association, there is a moment in which there is so much going on in the present that there is no time to inquire about the past and how things are now, due to what happened before.

Most people are rightly angered and anxious over the “chemical attacks on the civil Syrian population, many of which are children who have suffered all this violence at such a young age. And people are so angered that many think is right to take military action against the country of Syria.

If we go back in time we can see that the same countries that now are joining to defend Syria are the same that decades ago, after World War I, decided to create new countries in the Middle East without any considerations to clans or religious and ethnic groups.

In the same way in which in 1948, the new nation of Israel was carved out of a piece of land belonging to Palestine, so too in 1945, a broad piece of land was divided and Syria as we know it today was created. This was to provide western nations access to mideast oil and gas reserves via the Mediterranean.

Several chemical attacks have been inflicted on the Syrian population, the latest in April 2018, but also in April 2017, March 2015, April 4, 2013, and December 23, 2012.

On April 10, 2018: The UN Security Council voted on three resolutions to address chemical weapons use in Syria. According to armscontrol.org, on April 13, 2018: The UN Security Council met for the fourth time that week to discuss chemical weapons use in Syria. Russia and Bolivia continued to urge the United States against taking unilateral military action, as the United States, France and the United Kingdom seemed to make the case for a strike.

France, the United Kingdom and the United States launched precision strikes on three Syrian chemical weapons facilities. In a televised address to the nation, President Trump explained that the purpose of the strike “is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons.”

Going back to Facebook, I found someone’s post that states the following: Syria’s Central Bank is state-owned, Syria has accumulated no IMF debt, Syria has banned GMO seeds, Syria has oil and gas reserves, Syria has dropped the U.S. dollar. Other comments: Trump is about to start WW3 to “protect the Syrian people”, even though he won’t let them enter America.

There are also several comments about who gets the most out of wars. How does taxpayer’s money fund wars, and how that money could benefit other populations like the ones suffering from the water crisis in Flint, Michigan? Now that the deadline to pay taxes in United States approaches, do we get to choose where the money goes, or on the contrary, do those engaged in war take advantage of the situation? Thank you, Facebook members, for enlightening this conversation.

 


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