Sunday, April 16, 2017

Looking to the Book of Mormon for What to do in Syria

   If we were to look to the Book of Mormon for an answer as to what to do in Syria, could we find an answer?
   I think of Nephi and others fleeing from one part of the land to another to escape Laban and Lemuel. And, I think of Limhi and his people fleeing, and of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies . . .
   There are those who would force the Syrian refugees back to their home country, saying they should fight for their freedom instead of forcing themselves on others in foreign lands. 
   But, I see scriptural precedence -- in abundance -- for fleeing from the hands of the enemy. We have more than just the Book of Mormon on this. In the Bible, the Israelites fleed the Pharoah. (That the Lord had the people in the Book of Mormon do the same thing as He had the Israelites do in the Bible -- flee -- might should be considered evidence the Book of Mormon is true, for the same God gave the same directions.)
   And, I see precedence for doing what I suggested this past week: Being a protectorate of  a people. The Lord commanded Ammon to lead the Anti-Nephi-Lehies to safety, and so he led them to the land of Zarahemla, and the Nephites consulted and chose to give the Anti-Nephi-Lehies the land of Jershon.
   So, it appears that rather than mixing the Anti-Nephi-Lehies in with themselves, the Nephites, they set them in a land that became their own. And, since the Anti-Nephi-Lehies refused to fight for themselves -- having taken a covenant not to war -- the Nephites placed their own armies between the Lamanites and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies.
   They became their protectorates. They sought to seal off the Anti-Nephi-Lehies from their enemies. That is the same thing I suggested we do for Syria, albeit, I suggested we leave the Syrian people in Syria as opposed to moving them to another place.
   In today's world, I fear there might not be another place large enough to place the Syrians as a whole. Would we move them to Siberia? I would consider it, if we could. Would we give them their own land in New Mexico? I'd consider it, if it could be done.
   Bottom line, though, is I don't think Siberia or New Mexico are open to giving up a goodly-sized area to the Syrians.
   So, make Syria the place where we protect them. Clear out Bashar al Assad, ISIS and all the other bad elements, and wrap a defense around the land.
   Like the Nephites wrapped a defense around Jershon for the Anti-Nephi-Lehies.

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