At this point, I’m afraid, informed Catholics of good conscience are forced to take sides. Do we we believe that the US, France and the UK are justified in their latest act of aggression against Syria, or do some believe, as I do, that Russia, Syria and Iran are on the side of the Angels, when they claim that either no chemical attack occurred upon the citizens of Douma, or that Assad bears no responsibility for any such attack which may have been carried out? In the absence of any firm credible evidence that any such incident ever took place, I am forced to take sides with the Russian Federation and its allies, including, of course, Syria and Iran. I am compelled, as a Catholic, to conclude that Bashar al Assad has never carried out chemical attacks against his own people. No incontrovertible proofs have ever been adduced by the West to this effect. All appeals by the Russians for multinational investigative teams to assess the situation are now, as in the past, rejected.
The OPCW (Organization to Prohibit Chemical Weapons) had people on the ground in Syria day before yesterday, ready to investigate the charges made by the US, UK, and French governments. They never got the chance to do their work. Trump ordered strikes the following day. He did not get Congressional approval for this action. Neither did Theresa May from her own Parliament.
The scenario parallels almost exactly what happened in the Idlib province just a year ago. Trump was ready to pull American troops out of Syria. Then the alleged sarin gas attack occurred. That finished that! A few weeks ago, Trump resolved once again to remove the US military presence from Syria. Boom! It happened again, another alleged chemical gassing incident in Douma.
How can Catholics sit by and let these catastrophes happen without expressing, at least on social media, and here on CI, strong disapproval of them?. The recent Syrian attack by the US and UK was totally outrageous and unjustified in the face of any real evidence presently at hand.
Perhaps CI forum members don’t wish to stray too far from their discussion comfort zones. Perhaps, a number prefer the endless rehashing of shopworn topics like priest pedophilia, the Dimond Brothers, the authentic Magisterium, and, of course, endless tirades on sedevacantism. I don’t know. But I think, Klaus and others, you must all agree that forum members are not exactly falling all over one another to post an opinion on this topic.