Friday, August 30, 2013

A Gandhian Perspective on the Syrian Gas Situation

As a student of Mahatma Gandhi's ideas of Truth and non-violence, I am taken back to Gandhiji's instruction to the Jews of Hitler's death camps.  He instructed that the best choice for the Jews in Hitler's ghettos would have been to throw themselves upon the "butcher's knife," that this would have so turned the stomach of the world as to cause all respect for Hitler to be abandoned.

This is similar to the Amish practice of shunning, wherein a person acting so egregious to the peace of the community (in Hitler's sense the community of nations) is simply quietly boycotted by the entire community.  The damage done by the Syrian government to itself has already been done.  The cameras told the story to the world, and the time line of keeping inspectors out while shelling of the gassed area by the Syrian government buried their moral authority in the world.  Mr. Assad, it is over.

There is no need to fire a weapon at Syria, as Truth has weighed you, Mr. Assad, and you have been found wanting.  Truth Only, who is God, now alone stands as your judge.  And there is no where to run.

Gene Chapman,
Tolstoyan-Gandhian Libertarian Candidate for Texas Governor
(Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky, Intellectual of the Age)