As the crisis in Syria boils and the clear path is made to the Bashar al-Assad regime being responsible for chemical weapons dispensed on innocent citizens (including some 400 children)
I think of days past and wonder what the lessons are we should have learned.
How bad does something have to unfold for humanity to band together and say “not now, not ever, we are one.”
If the world stands down and does nothing but talk, will we soon watch on our cell phones, on YouTube, and other social media another Holocaust unfold? What will be our excuse then for our inaction when it began?
This comment by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins haunts me as we all know what happened before:
“War is not popular, and since 1914 it rightly never has been. It should be remembered that less than a year from the outbreak of World War Two crowds in London cheered in the streets at the news that Britain was going to stand aside and let the Nazis annex part of Czechoslovakia. Winston Churchill said of the decision that, “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour and you will have war.” I hope that the failure to take action against Assad now, does not necessitate an even greater response in the future.”
— Damian Collins, British Member of Parliament 2013
source: Huffington Post