So much beauty, history, religious worship, and still so much turmoil. I am talking about Turkey and the photograph is of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I was sitting on a 7th floor hotel terrace in May, looking at the beautiful view, enjoying good food, a nice cold beer, sunshine on my face and fresh air. I was wondering, why can't we all just live in peace? All the fighting and killing of innocent people is so messed up. How can there be so many bad people doing bad things? I think what triggered this line of thinking is the news report of a bomb that killed 50 people at a wedding today in southern Turkey. How does that grief and sadness heal?
I have read a number of books on Middle East history, so I really don't fully believe the stories regarding the current state of affairs. We are expected to accept that a bunch of unfortunate men after years of failure and frustration in the deserts of Syria and Iraq suddenly banded together and amassed organizational and fighting skills, and procured sophisticated weapons and obtained billions of US dollars in cash and military assets.
If the world was so righteous about stopping the world from buying blood diamonds from West Africa, why is there not the same consciousness blocking the sale of blood oil stolen by murderous ISIS thieves. How long could an unfunded army fight?
If the US military is so advanced in their training and weapons systems, how is it that the coalition forces haven't eradicated ISIS with all the fighting that has allegedly occurred. How did these unfortunate angry people get to be such resilient fighters. Even more disturbing, how is it that some people who are privileged with the gift of freedom abandon their home country to go and join ISIS and become murderers of innocent people?
Why isn't there a big price on the leader of ISIS? At what point will the coalition forces claim victory? For now I have to stick with my original thought...there is a lot of beauty out there and there is a lot of bad!
Wishing you peace,