The futility of war has never been more obvious than in the war in Syria. The USA and its royal Arab allies seem to have lost hegemony to Iran and its Russian allies on the crushed remains of innocents.

A proxy war has unfolded as many before. Sadly, many other wars will follow. The dreams, hopes and aspirations of ordinary Syrians are immaterial as historic citadels and memorials of human civilization lay in ruin. Rarely before has so much damage been done by so few to so many people.

To those who do not understand what this war is about, the answer is simple. The war in Syria is an exercise in human futility and stupidity. Centuries ago Jesus of Nazareth like Muhammed of Mecca both envoys of God worshipped by Abraham, told those who sincerely believed, not to be divided by schisms and factions. Like the Catholic versus Protestant wars of earlier centuries God knew that those who despise sincere belief would use any opportunity to kill innocent ordinary believers.

Those engaged in the Syria conflict have been told by those who led them to war that this is a war between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Ironically only stupid people believe this nonsense as in truth there is no such thing as Shia and Sunni. It is historic tool used by western imperialists and Arab royal families in this epoch to maintain political and economic hegemony and kill innocent people.

Catholicism and Protestantism like Sunnism and Shi’ism was generated centuries ago by political and religious leaders to maintain hegemony over innocent people. Whenever the need arose, those in power would unleash each on the other and the killing would start, ironically “in the name of God”.

Did God not fully clarify to Abraham centuries ago that God does not require human sacrifice like the pagan deities of before?

Why then do Jews, Christians and Muslims who worship the same God of Abraham insist on killing each other if not purely for the sake of stupidity?

Cllr Yagyah Adams

Cape Muslim Congress