Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rubble and Despair of War Redefine Syria Jewel

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From: barry levine 
Date: Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM
Subject: re: Rubble and Despair of War Redefine Syria Jewel

To the Editor:
   The fear of chaos underlies most political philosophy. A thousand years before Hobbes' "Leviathan", the Talmud warned "Pray for the welfare of your government, were it not for the fear of the rulers, every man would devour his fellow alive." A dozen centuries before that the book of Judges warned "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
    So now Syrian schoolhouses are stripped for firewood and the sick and wounded are uncared for.  Will we marvel that Syrians embrace a new strongman who promises order? American foreign aid--for healthcare, for education, for the necessities of life--are needed now.  Syrians must be able to see that their choice is not between al-Assad and chaos, but between al-Assad and a freer future. 
Barry Haskell Levine

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