News of the ceasefire, partial ceasefire, cessation of hostilities in Syria are the best news this week, indeed for the poor beleaguered people of Syria, the best news in the last five years.
Equally good news today is the efforts they are making in Geneva to arrange the Peace Talks. It was great to hear the U.N. Special Peace Envoy say that he is making the arrangements for hotel rooms, halls for the talks, and security arrangements for the delegates to attend. The Peace Talks are likely to commence on 9th March, in Geneva, Switzerland, and I pray that all shall be well and the peace talks may start. The Peace Envoy has started to send out the invitations to all people who should participate. I would respectfully suggest that if it is possible to invite two representatives from the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Alliance, it would be of great help.
While the Islamic State and Al-Nusra are being bombed, there can be little hope that they will not retaliate; therefore peace efforts have to be made to (a) offering to them that the bombings could cease if they agree to a ceasefire; and (b) starting with a grace period of say three days or one week in which to check whether they can stop any shootings or bombings in a sincere effort to bring about a peace.
I believe the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Alliance are operating as stakeholders in this war, and their reasons need to be understood.
It is a black stain on the conscience of humanity to have been aware of the slaughter, annihilation,
genocide of so many people; the loss of as many as 370,000 souls, most of them innocent part of the crowd, citizens of Syria, just sitting peacefully in their homeland, being so mercilessly disturbed, killed, made to flee, now becoming refugees or migrants, looking for shelter and food somewhere. The resultant Exodus has been so huge, the misery of all those people can just about be imagined by any onlookers.
I would respectfully suggest to the leaders who are arranging the Peace Talks - for which they would like to see all invited delegates arrive by 9th March, the hotels and transport and security will be arranged - to invite at least two honourable gentlemen from the above groups, so they may give the word and ensure a lasting peace can take hold. The mad war must seem like some undeserved punishment, reducing once proud people who had means to feed themselves and live in peace and comfort to the state of roaming refugees, hungry and thirsty and begging for mercy. This must be a totally unacceptable condition for them. All efforts must be made to ensure a peace is negotiated, in the name of Allah, in the name of our Heavenly Father, in the name of crying humanity, so perhaps all those people can be rehabilitated in their homelands.
The 370,000 persons cannot be brought back to life, so in honour of all these victims of this war, all combatants and stakeholders in the conflict have to supplicate to the merciful Lord our Maker, and ask for His forgiveness. I cannot imagine any other way to appease the conscience of all those who have carried out all those barbaric deeds against their fellow brothers and sisters. So many people tried to reason and plead with Bashar al-Assad, but he took no notice at all, and the butchery continued. It seems like a Syrian Holocast, God have mercy on all those souls lost.
In the meantime, I hope the Baath Party leaders can take away the Presidential powers from Mr Bashar al-Asaad, and place him in custody, there to have good rest and reflect on the last six years or so, and perhaps tell the world what went wrong, for him to have taken so many misguided decisions, resulting in the deaths of so many people. What went wrong, that a man who nobly served his people as their leader suddenly started to bring death and poverty to his people?
I pray God will guide and offer His protection to all those engaged in trying to bring Peace to these beleaguered people of Syria. May His blessings be upon us all.
Solemnly I pray in the name of Jesus our Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
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