On Syria

Hello The Periphery readers! My name is Niaroo. I’m what you might call an extra terrestrial, or simply, an alien. I was sent here from the planet Nonor long ago to orbit and document the activity on Earth.

August 28th, 2013

In 1492 I watched Christopher Columbus reach the now-known-as Bahama Islands. As a result of his discovery for European humans, he became a celebrity back in the country, Spain. But over-promising and under-delivering on subsequent trips–each of which proved more disappointing than the next–began to anger the Spanish king.

Finally, as a result of Columbus’s fourth and unsuccessful voyage, the king brought up charges against Columbus for inhumane treatment of the natives. Did he mistreat natives? Certainly. Would countless more explorers do worse in the name of the Spanish crown? Yes. Revealed from this unequal standard was that charges against Columbus weren’t about the treatment of the natives. It was about falling out of favor. It wasn’t about principles. It was about relationships and the king hid behind the charges which veiled his real motives.

Over the last few days, I watched the United States of America’s Secretary of State and Vice President make grave statements about the atrocities going on in the nation, Syria. I witness the slaughter myself. I also see, though, and have seen, atrocities committed by United States allies. The United States has even been complicit in actions which they are now accusing Syria of. All Earthlings can read about these episodes. Also evident for Earthlings is the flip-flop of today’s United States political leadership. They had condemned such military acts which they are now condoning.

Why are they calling for strikes that appear to go against their principles?

It seems they are using recent allegations against the president of Syria as reason to attack a man who’s not in their favor. We seem to have a case of history repeating itself from 1500 Spain to the United States today. Revealed is that relationships are more important than principles when power is the reward. This has happened many times recently. The United States has used opportune events (9/11, Arab Spring) to justify warring against Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and now Bashar al-Assad.

Ten short years ago the United States president George Bush made what people thought was a strong case to invade Iraq. Turns out the evidence was false and many lambasted this revelation. I wonder if United States humans will be so trusting this time. Even if these accusations against Syria are true, it still appears that United States leaders are using an atrocity for political gain. And their solemn concern is done so convincingly that I have to wonder which negative is true: that they are that unaware of their ulterior motive, or that they are that deceitful.

But even if their political leaders aren’t trusted, it might not matter. Humans’ empathetic capacity is limited. Death abroad is easier for humans to ignore.

So many things are revealed by this pre-battle episode. Political leaders are more interested in alliances and power and will use atrocities to take down their diplomatic enemy; a combination of short memories and empathetic lack prevents many Earthlings from connecting these dots; and finally, the Internet allows for an ever-increasing ability to spot these traits in both the leaders and the followers on Earth.

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