What is the Price of Peace?

Beverly Isom

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Yesterday Syria announced that it would hand over its chemical weapons to Russia and President Obama addressed the American people during prime time to explain why he will continue to explore a response to Syria’s chemical weapons attacks.

All of this on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. Maybe it is the glaring juxtaposition between the threat of striking and the memory of striking that are a solemn and sovereign reminder of the luxury of freedom.

Whether the president is able to get Congressional support for strikes on Syria or not it has been widely documented that Congress does not have the appetite to commit US ground troops to this conflict. 

For many the anniversary of 9/11 is not just a moment of silence with patriotic celebrations and quite remembrances, it is also a reminder of how those attacks changed the lives of so many. Every visit through an airport security line, entrance into a federal building or the anxiety of unidentified packages left unattended demonstrates the vulnerability of our peace. On that day, we were confronted with our worst fears and our faint sense of security was breached. So as we remember that day today, it is with a deep and abiding belief that peace is both sacred and fleeting.  


  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    You wrote, “Yesterday Syria announced that it would hand over its chemical weapons to Russia.”

    That’s not what Syria announced, but here is what the Syrian Foreign Minister said, “We are ready to inform about the location of chemical weapons, halt the production of chemical weapons and also show these objects to representatives of Russia, other states and the United Nations.”
    No mention of handing any weapons over to Russia.
    This is a significant difference.