The day all governments ensure that all their citizens are treated in a natural and humane way, as befits human diginity, that day there will be a palpable peace in the world.
A spirit in that direction will help redress that shortcoming, wherever it exists.
Governments that follow the Human Rights Charter can have the moral authority to encourage the way for similar paths in other countries. But governments in countries who are under force of circumstances contravening such a Charter's spirit, had better of their own volition, re-examine their reason for being and their principles and objectives in power.
It should dawn on people in power that they are elected to serve the growing needs of their people. If cirumstances are not favourable, that should be explained to the people. But citizens should always be treated in a natural civilized manner, that is the birthright of humankind.
The mandate of the military is to protect the citizens against attack from outside, and in circumstances of emergency, to maintain law and order in the country. That power ought not be violated, and should be held sacrosanct.
Political power is the gift of the people to the elected representatives, and that gift of power ought to be reciprocated through wise and just leadership, where quality of life is enhanced for citizens, rather than life being taken away from citizens, standing innocently at the mercy of forces obsessed with power.
My prayer today is for the people who have lost their lives in recent days. May God bless their families and loved ones.
I send my brotherly love to the people of Syria.