Monday, September 2, 2013
THE WINDS OF WAR
Soon I will be departing for Rome and in October for a tour of the Holy Land. And it appears the perfect storm is developing for a world war. I requested this sabbatical I will be taking shortly after my 93 year old mother's death last September 18th.
My mother was in her 20's when World War II came to Italy and she knew the horrors of this war up close and personal. Her city of Livorno was heavily bombed, first by the Americans and later by the Nazi's. Her family's apartment building took a direct hit during an air raid and collapsed, killing everyone who had gone to its basement as an air raid shelter. Only by the grace of God was my mom's family elsewhere during that air raid or they would have been in the basement too. Finally the Italian government evacuated the civilians of Livorno to nearby Siena. My mom and her family lived in caves outside of Siena for a considerable period.
Now, I will be in Italy for the next three months. I am scheduled to visit the Holy Land in late October for 9 days and as fate would have it and perhaps the perfect storm the possibility of a world war looms if common sense does not prevail. Even our Holy Father Francis seems to understand and to sense what is at stake with Syria and military action there by the USA.
I print a comment by James Ignatius McAuley from another post because it captures what is at stake:
James Ignatius McAuley said...
Folks, you have all digressed from Father McDonald's column. We are to fast and prayer on September 7. This is not a platitude, and anyone who denies the power of prayer or fasting needs to reread the Book of Jonah. Our Melkite Catholc Patriarch of Antioch, Gregory the III has spoken out quite strongly against any attack on Syria. The Patriarch also urges all of us to listen to the Pope in this matter.
John Nolan, we are all aware of the situation in Pakistan, but unlike Pakistan, Syria has the ability to ignite a world war. Pakistan is simply immobilized presently by the inertia of its own problems.
Gene - I do not know if you are for a war against Syria or not (Use of any military force is an act of war, no matter how our media spins it) our last war in Iraq shattered the Chaldean Catholic Church. Our so called liberation destroyed the Christian community. Did you ever see the bombing of the churches there, an act which Hussein would never have allowed? The U.S. media ignored it, but you could find the pictures through www.byzcath.org Sure, Assad's not a saint, but as a secular muslim, Assad has protected the rights of Christians, and since the 1950s they have allowed Christians to serve in the government and military of Syria (it shocked Nasser!) And, the so called rebels (called protestors until last fall by our main stream propaganda media) are the ones destroying churches and kidnapping orthodox bishops (have you all forgotten that, or does ecumenism only extend to Protestants, and not those in apostolic succession?) In any event, less whining and more prayer! I am sorry to rant, but should the dogs of war be let loose, we will all suffer. Syria is not Iraq in 2003. or Afghanistan in 2002. They have modern weapons from the Russians and will not be caught napping. Nor will they act passively in response to a missal strike (as Sudan had to after Clinton blew up their pharmaceutical factory!), but Syria has the ability to defend themselves and attack our Mediterranean fleet. I do not have the confidence in America's military abilities as I once did, or in Israel's (they are not the army of 1967 or 1982). An attack on Syria will invite a Syrian response, which will invite an American counter response, which will invite in Russia, Iran and Israel, and voila! a world war!
September 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM