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Published: Saturday, Aug. 31 2013 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

If the US was going to strike they missed the opportunity. Military targets are no longer there without killing civilians. Let's wait some more, and let the UN take action. Problem is the hesitation will hurt Isreal and they will take the retaliation. But then that would make those who have hesitated really happy. We live in a strange World.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Theology aside, there is no strategic target or plan for bombing Syria. It would only serve to legitimize Mr. Obama's threats of a game changer or crossing a red line. Killing Syrian conscripts with smart bombs serves little purpose other than to weaken their army and increase the likelihood of a jihadist victory.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

For the Mormon posters...I have a simple question. Does God have the power to prevent evil and why are religious leaders influence for good so feckless.

EternalPerspective
Eldersburg, MD

skeptic

God has power over all things, but He grants unto us according to our free will, faith, and desires. But, in the context of that statement, you should also understand that while evil is subject unto God, it was not created by Him.

Evil exists because of the very same free will we have in mortality, but in the pre-mortal realm, where the devil and his angels fell from grace by choice and became the influence of opposition in this world to prove us as a means to learn by exercising our own decisions.

To really understand these concepts, one must see things from an eternal perspective. To apply philosophies of men and mortal understanding might portray a God only of justice and not mercy unto His children. This is evident scripturally (particularly in the Old Testament) and with everyday world events like the Syria conflict. An eternal perspective is aquired with actions of faith that God may then grant knowledge by His Spirit.

As to leaders being feckless, in what example and capacity have leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (past or present) shown this quality?

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

EternalPerspective,

Thank you for your explanation, it helps to explain the role of the evil doer; but it doesn't explain the role of the innocent eight year old child who has suffered and died from toucher of being gased. Is he/she just a pawn in the scheme of things. If one positioned oneself as a representative of God to receive revelation then it seems to be feckless leadership if the innocent child is not warned or protected.

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