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OPINION: SYRIA’S ASSAD’S FAILED NEWS CONFERENCE

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad held a news conference during which he offered no apologies or regrets for the thousands of lives lost during this violent civil war. And, appeared to have no remorse for the thousands of children who have either died, been maimed, or orphaned as a result of this conflict.

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . ...

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . Original background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Asaad held a news conference.  Everyone held their breath and hoped against hope that he would be announcing his departure.  Nope.  He railed against his opponents in the violent civil war, and that is just about it.  But is that really just about it?regrets for the tens of thousands of lives lost during this civil war. And, most notably, he did not seem to have a single regret for the lost lives of innocent Syrian children.

Despite the defections from his government, he seems content to allow more conflict and more deaths.  His press conference was a disappointment on many fronts. One that he was not going to leave, and two, that he would allow the war to continue with no plans for any sort of peace talks or reconciliation.   So, more will die.  Even though the press seems more focused on ‘fiscal cliffs’ and ‘debt ceilings’ , there are still little ones dying in a war which they themselves did not create, and, in many cases, in a war which their own parents did not create.  For as we should know, every adult is not a participant in this war. Their parents were just in a house, hospital, or market that was suddenly shelled.  And, how is it a peace plan when a leader calls upon citizens to “defend the nation”.  Defending the nation is his job, and he is doing a poor job of defending what is left.

Assad should look at history, and realize that, his government is no longer a government. He lives in hiding for most of the time.  Most Presidents and heads of state are looked upon as a sort of father of the people of his country.  No one can look at Assad and feel that way.  One can only view him as a cruel and abusive parent, which comes with a perspective towards him that is filled with disgust.

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OPINION: A NEW YEAR

Deep within all of us, a new year is significant.  A time for new beginnings, leaving behind all the bad things of the year we are exiting, and moving forward towards new hopes, goals and ideas.  Within each of us, hopefully there remains hope for a better world, for peace, and for individual peace of mind.  The opportunity  to live out each day as best we can and to enjoy those whom we love.  Time  moves on, and,  it is time lost when one does not share it with  loved ones.  For, what is truly of significance is loving those whom we love. It is in their hearts and our own which they will move forward in time with us, even if they do not physically move on with us.

As we approach the end of an old year, and the beginning of a new one, let us not forget that there are many who did not make  it to this point.  Our celebration should include gratitude that we did, and empathy for those left behind by loved ones.  There is still a raging civil war in Syria, and the parents of those lost in Newtown continue to grieve for the ones they lost.

Moving forward, let’s learn from 2012, that we cannot take anything for granted. Not one second of any given day.  Pray for peace, and, pray for peace within the hearts of others.

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