Beethoven 7th Symphony in A, Op. 92-2 Allegretto has that raconteur magic to tell the story of Syria if you can just imagine the tragedy in the chord ensemble. It premiered, appropriately, to honor the wounded soldiers of Hanau who battled the Napoleonic Armies in 1813.

The Symphony draws a picture of the Syrian civil war of today with four sides each playing a role to start it, sustain it, contain it, or fuel it.

  1. The Violent Organizers are the ones actively participating in the war directly or indirectly, be it Iran, Assad, Hezbollah, The MB, the Islamic extremists, Russia, or The Arab League. Each with their public and not-so-public agendas and each believing they must win, which leads to no winner one way or the other.
  2. The Genocide Watchers are people like the President of the US who has all the power to put an end to the Syrian tragedy, yet chooses not to interfere or allow others to interfere for reasons that have to do with appeasement and wishful thinking on his part with regard to Iran. Others, like John Kerry and Vladimir Putin, love violent dictators and they are not willing to see their love break and shatter because of some ghastly deaths, even if their reputations are tainted.
  3. The Practical Wrappers are those countries like France, the UK, and Israel who wish to see the region stable and violence contained. The Practical Wrappers operate under the logic that instability is counter-productive to self-interests, if not today, then tomorrow. Aid organizations are also part of this group.
  4. The Brute Inciters are those people who believe we should not interfere in Syria‘s civil war. Either because they promote the idea of Muslim extremists battling each other (The Sunni extremist side eventually developed after the atrocities of Assad) even if that means destroying a country and its civilian population, or because they really do not care about what happens 8,000 away from home. The latter have forgotten already about 9/11. Some of The Brute Inciters may have second thoughts about the Muslim extremists battling each other as the Syrian civil war spills into neighboring countries, while others have not learned their lessons from neighboring countries where battle-hardened men full of hate demonstrated what they are capable of doing.

The interactions between the four different groups is quite intense.

The Genocide Watchers, like Obama, refuses to interfere because he hopes to strike a global deal with Iran, while Putin hopes to protect Assad and keep him in play to terrorize and kill at will. Their narcissism forbids both from seeing the obvious: Obama cannot stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and Putin cannot force Assad on the Syrian people.

In the meantime, The Brute Inciters are not helping because they are lobbying Obama not to interfere.

Some of the Violent Organizers, like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are fighting each other for more hegemony over Syria, and others, like the MB, are secretly meeting with Iran while appeasing some in the US and its allies. Each of the MB and Iran hate each other but thinks they can win their Chess Match against the other.

The Practical Wrappers, like France and the UK, are seeking the removal of Assad from power in addition to total prosecution for his war crimes; and others, like the aid organizations, spend much of their time lobbying Governments for funds to help Syrians when they should be spending as much time stopping the carnage by lobbying Obama.

Some of the Practical Wrappers have no agenda, do not consider government funding, and have but one mission: To expose the atrocities of humanity. Those are as powerless as the helpless dying in Syria.

Any wonder why the carnage in Syria is unstoppable.

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