President Barack Obama this month asked Congress to authorize punitive military action in Syria. He made the request in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus.
Q: How would your faith and/or worldview guide you in such a decision?
In the late 1930s, in spite of atrocities being perpetrated against the peoples of Europe and Asia, the United States was reluctant to become involved in European/Asian affairs. The U.S., like the rest of the world, was reeling from worldwide depression. Refusing to differentiate between aggressor and victim, the United States passed several Neutrality Acts, leaving people to fend for themselves against terrorism. All of that changed with the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
In 1948 South Africa initiated a strict policy of apartheid where Afrikaners dominated indigenous people for many generations. Nelson Mandela and many other courageous leaders who spoke out against such policies were jailed, tortured or killed. It took 38 years for the U.S. Congress to override the U.S. president’s veto of sanctions on South Africa and participate in the liberation of its people.