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Mitch SMith


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Syria: What is the core principle?

I have a friend who is a Syrian ex-pat.
He runs a grocery store in my town and I meet him almost every day.
When the Syrian conflict started getting bad I asked him about it. He said:

"We have a saying - when elephants fight, the grass is killed".

He went on to say: "I have a brother in a town that is at risk .. I plan to go in through Turkey and get him out of there." .. He has not been able to do that yet. And he explained to me the factional power that most Syrians understand .. the Sunnis, the Shiites and the Alawi .. but there are also Druze, Coptics etc etc..

And now, the USA wants to throw bombs to destroy critical infrastructure - regardless of who gets killed in the process.

This is a subject that is so complex that no one can really know what is happening.

My question to the TED community is this:

What is the basic principle?

My friend alludes to elephants and grass .. that seems basic.

Is there any other reliable abstract to be had?


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  • Sep 19 2013: Send these people your love. That is all they need from us.
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      Sep 20 2013: I think most are ready to begrudge some love for the innocent.

      They might also need food.

      And some help with refugee processing.

      Here's how love and prayer works:
      It aligns you to the channel of nurture. When the actual energy arrives to do that nurture, prayers and love simply channel it through .. "make straight the way".
      In and of itself, love does nothing. It is only the road.

      It is what comes down the road that is important - that means physical action - monetary donations, food-aid, physical haven for refugees. In YOUR backyard.

      And when it comes to your backyard, you will find that psychiatric healing will be necessary to prevent the fire of war burning a hole in your lawn.

      That takes a lot of nurture.

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