Perhaps someone in Geneva reads this blog, or more likely, reads CAMERA, or maybe just woke up and turned on the news. In any case, the World Council of Churches has finally noticed that things are not going well in Syria, and urges everyone to just calm down:
On behalf of the World Council of Churches, I express my deep concern in this time of conflict for the people of Syria from every background and belief. I appeal to all parties in the Syrian Arab Republic to renounce violence at once, and to re-dedicate themselves and their country to the pursuit of dialogue, healing and peace.
All parties? Last time I checked, this was pretty much a one-way slaughter. But false even-handedness is the WCC way.
In the wake of so many deaths, it is particularly urgent that the army and government security agencies cease the indiscriminate use of force, ensuring the citizens’ rights to free assembly and expression, pursuit of political progress and basic human dignity. All governments have an obligation to protect the lives and dignity of their citizens, and to protect their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
From the government and on all sides there has been a stated desire for national reform. Now is the time to end the violence and enter a process of dialogue leading to democratic change.
Naivete in dealing with dictators is another part of the WCC way. Bashar Assad has no “desire for national reform.” He’s looking for a way to save his neck and his power. In the process, he’s used a handful of words that tickle the ears of the WCC leadership. You’ve got to wonder what it is about the ecumenist bureaucracy that renders some people so incapable of perceiving reality beneath the surface that they find so pleasing.
At the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, convened by the World Council of Churches in May 2011, in Kingston, Jamaica, more than 1,000 participants included these words in their message to the world:
“With partners of other faiths, we have recognized that peace is a core value in all religions, and the promise of peace extends to all people regardless of their traditions and commitments.”
It is in that spirit that we call upon all who have been caught in the tragic cycle of confrontation within Syria: Stop the violence and killing. Seek a just peace for all.
There is no “cycle of confrontation” in Syria (in Geneva, they must do microsurgery to implant these cliches in your brain when you go to work there–I can’t think of any other reason to use such a mindless expression to describe the situation in Syria). There is a dictatorial government, there are people protesting in the streets demanding change, and there is that same government using guns and goons to try to destroy those protesting and squelch any inclination to further dissent on the part of the oppressed population.
Well, at least they did call on the army and state security agencies to stop killing people in the streets. I’m sure Assad will get on that right away.