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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 20 2013: I give love to these people in hope that they can find the courage and strength to look past their 3 dimensional world and create a new reality for themselves that they can thrive in, and be proud of. I have my own things to fix in my own world, they have theirs. Its up to the individual to fix their own shit my friend. i have nothing to do with syria. thus what they get from I is Love. And love is always enough, and it does more than you know.
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      Sep 21 2013: Thanks for contributing Justin.

      I agree that each has their own survival to take care of. But we are humans - it doesn't happen for us alone.

      We seem to have a different ideas of what "love" is. That's OK. No one can really define it.
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      Sep 22 2013: 'you can't be neutral on a moving train'.

      Justin, while I agree with you that if everyone cleaned up their own house first, we would be a lot better off, but I disagree that you or I have nothing to do with Syria. You are an American, and you are also America. Part of your 'house' is the extended actions of the government which you do have an influence on, the myth that you have no influence is just that, a myth.

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