Guardian: Syria Explained and the Mirror Reflected

In truth no conflict can be explained in 5 minutes. There are many complexities at play. Seeds planted long ago, traditional rivals, diverse interests, moment to moment events changing the course of his-tory.  Old unresolved conflicts finding another theatre to express anger, dissent and destroy what is perceived as unwanted.  It is the old paradigm that has not learned to resolve through true peaceful resolutions that are not about compromise but looking within oneself at the real conflict and taking responsibility.

My heart goes to the women, children and men of all ages that are caught up in revolving conflicts and how this activity generates such unhappiness and sorrow.  It also forces others who observe unresolved conflicts to not only discuss these matters but look for solutions to help others.  It matters not if they are your culture, religion, political persuasion etc.  It is not about right or wrong it is about what serves people and what does not? How can those stuck be helped?

The questions I pose are:

What are people focusing on? What are they expanding?
War or peace? Love or fear? hate or good?  To know – where focus goes energy flows
Who wins from the war?
Who loses from the war?
What are the core issues?
What is the psychological perspective believed as true?
What are the political, cultural, social, religious and economic divisions?
What are the barriers to resolution?
What are the fears, the grievances, the unresolved hurt?
What do people need to resolve the conflict?
What can’t they lose or do without?
What are their beliefs and perceptions?
Where are their interests shared?
What do they have in common?
What creates a win/win?
How do outcomes fare against the Rotary Four Way Test:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Who is fuelling the war?
Who are the real peacemakers?
What are the costs – human and financial?
What is the SWOT analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to resolving this for peace sake?
How many people have to die before a solution is found?
At what point do world citizens act on what they know rather than believing propaganda? 
How many children must wash up on a beach for one to say ‘that could be my child’? 
At what point do they become us?
What if world citizens spoke up?  What would they say?
What if multicultural citizen peacemakers got together and came up with a solution? What would it look like?
What if citizens formed problem solving groups to brain storm ideas?
What would Buckminster Fuller have done with his world game?
Infinite possibilities exist in truth…what do we all choose?

So be it.

I send love to all sides.

May the peace that passeth all understanding arise in Syria so they know they are not alone in their struggle to be seen and heard.

Here is an animation that seeks to explain a complex situation.  The Guardian has posted it which validates it has been viewed as a valid source of information. I cannot verify the accuracy as I am not informed enough. It is well done.  I can only respond to my own humanity as I know violence doesn’t work.  Inner peace will resolve all conflicts.  Inner peace is not a lofty notion, it is probably the hardest work as it means looking at our own discord, fears, prejudices, denial and indifference. That is where the real work is as it causes separation – no my problem!  Unity cannot be fought for it can only be experienced when one realises they are me.  You have to contemplate that thought silently.

Mohandas Gandhi

“God has no religion”