Damned if…Damned if not…


Admittedly whatever I have to say is with reservation, as I sit next to my window, with a beautiful view of Nahariya, the prime site for Islamist protests- via rocket lobbing- whenever there is something amiss in the Arab world.

Yea, the crazies are only six mile away.

But that’s not the point now.

Looks like with the leadership of both houses aboard in the US there will be an attack on Syria in the coming days, the vote seems assured. Looking at the calendar makes me wonder: is it on Yom Kippur?

So now we are left with the quandary of the long-term outlook.

What will happen if Assad is removed? While the world press is giving much play to the extremist elements marauding thorough Syria, a thoughtful article by Elizabeth O’Bagy in the August 30 WSJ indicates a different reality. Admittedly, the region was far more stable when Assad was in firm control of the country. Military dictatorships, one has to say, pose more predictability in this insane region. Just look at Egypt. Morsi out, Sisi in, and we have the Sinai stabilizing-thank you Egyptian Army- and stability and sanity are making a comeback in Egypt.

On the other hand, the history of my people bears witness to the fact that the world must not, cannot, look the other way in the face of unspeakable atrocities against innocents.

So what happens will be damned regardless; my best offer:

apple and honey.

Shana TovaDamned if…Damned if not…

About the Author
Born in Romania to Holocaust survivor parents, Dr. Gabriel Mayer reached the US, after his family escaped Communism, reaching Italy, and as refugees, was supported by the Jewish Agency. He grew up in New York and attended college and medical school in Boston, at Boston University. He spent the first half of his working life as a medical doctor, professor, clinician and researcher in the USA [Professorships at University of Florida and Boston University medical schools]. A distinguished accomplishment of Dr. Mayer and his team was the introduction of thrombolytic therapy to treat acute myocardial infarction; this was the first team in the world to publish research based on clinical work. These procedures have lasted until the present and have saved millions of lives. In 2013 he began his studies at the University of Haifa, earning back-to-back MA degrees in Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies. Currently, he is focused on Judaism, and Jewish personhood/peoplehood and the Diaspora and Israeli discourse as driven by academic and philanthropical energies. For two years (2015 & 2016) he served as Head Historian of Martef Hashoa Museum, Jerusalem.