September 4, 2013
Less than four years ago Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. In 2009 the Nobel Committee lauded the 44th President of the United States for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. Now he is planning a targeted military action against the Syrian regime, he is ready to act in the face of the outrage of thousands of men, women and children massacred. He is now doing a full-press campaign for Congressional approval of his plan to carry out a punitive strike against the Assad government.
But Obama’s aim has been frostly welcomed by Pope Francis.
The crisis in Syria is grave and urgent, and the need of a solution is pressing. But What we need is a political, a pacific solution and a new war is not going in the right direction. A new war would be a big mistake, even if Assad has crossed the line. There are other routes to peace.
“Never again war”. Pope Francis’s pray for peace on 1st September during the Angelus, and his new messages on Twitter are clear for both religious and laics: “War begets war, violence begets violence”.
Facing the threat of a new global conflict, the Italian Prime minister Enrico Letta declared: “We understand US and France, but we cannot join them without the UN approval”.
Moreover, the Italian Foreign Minister, Emma Bonino, stated: ” There is no military solution to the crisis. No war without the UN”.
Rumors has it Mrs Bonino has been criticized for her position. No matter what they say. Please, Emma, do not change your mind. Diplomacy could still make the difference.Author : aleflo