You know, I have been pondering for days about two things. The first thing is the decision President Obama is going to make about whether or not to bomb Syria. What a decision to have to make.
Let me offer my thoughts on what should happen in this crisis. I think the only thing that makes sense to me is to stay the heck out of Syria. If the President decides to bomb Syria I believe it will start a domino effect of violence that we have not seen before.
The scenario I see is more death in a place where many thousands of men, women and children are being slaughtered. I don’t know who is doing it, but whoever is doing it is trying to entice the United States into a war that will end more innocent lives. Beyond the American military who will lose their lives, Israel is the target the Syrian president is waiting for. He or someone in his government has said that if the United States starts bombing Syria, they will “rain down missiles on Israel”. Israel has been a target for an eternity, they just need an excuse to start bombing them. If we fall for this enticement, I fear much bloodshed in Syria, Israel and the United States.
We seriously need to beg God to hear our prayers for peace. God knows how volatile this situation is and how many lives are at stake.
The next issue I want to address is the death sentence against Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood shooter. I totally disagree with the death sentence because it is what he wants. He wants to die a martyr, we should not give it to him. I believe that God is the arbiter of who lives and who dies. In fact, in my humble opinion, I believe the worse punishment is to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Let him sit in his jail cell day after day, not being able to walk, to sit and think. I would cut off all communication with anyone who is from his religious beliefs. All communication should go through the warden of the Leavenworth Prison.
I know that the families want justice and I understand their need to see a concrete conclusion to these horrific murders, death would soothe them for a time, but it won’t do anything to bring back those precious lives he took. A death sentence sounds to the families like the proper and just punishment, but to my way of thinking, why give him what he wants??? Give him a proper punishment, make him live out his days thinking about what he has done, to live a life of needing others to do for him what he can no longer do.
I’m not used to writing about such things, but they have been on my mind and I felt the need to write them down and share my thoughts.
What about you??? What are your thoughts?
Sandy Ozanich (c)