Smolker Letter No. 9 “Unspeakable Horror Leads to Unspeakable Questions Prompted by Current Conditions in Syria” (Sept. 23, 2012)

Smolker Letter No. 9, by Gary S. Smolker

“Unspeakable Horror Leads to Unspeakable Questions Prompted by Current Conditions in Syria”

(Posted September 23, 2012 Revised September 28, 2012)

Unspeakable Horror

The ruthless terror unleashed by Assad for the purpose of making cowards of all men has not stopped some men from speaking out against the moral disintegration that is part and parcel of what is going on in Syria today.

However, in an attempt to protect themselves, their families and loved ones from reprisal they feel tthey must take certain precautions such as not reporting to the world what is happening.  This prevents other people wishing to fully discuss the subject  and to have open discussion of what is happening from doing so.

Unspeakable Questions

The naked monstrosity of what is currently going on in Syria under the direction of Assad (with the help of his ally Iran)  transcends all Western moral categories.

Dictator Assad’s actions raise the following questions:

Are people who are too terrorized to report and discuss what is going on in Syria helping or facilitating what Dictator Assad is doing?

What is a person’s moral obligation to resist evid things that are going on while living in a dictatorship?

What are the legitimate legal powers of a dictator?

Has Dictator Assad broken a “law” whose maintenance we regard as essential for the integrity of our common humanity?

Under whose yardsticks and concepts should Assad’s conduct be judged?

Under what moral concepts should people who refuse to resist what Assad is doing and/or refuse to accurate report what Assad is doing be judged?

Why are Iran, China and Russia backing Assad?

What can human judgment achieve and what is it that human judgment cannot achieve?

The main article on the front page of the New York Times today (Sunday, September 23, 2012) bears the title: “Egyptian Leader Mohamed Morsi Spells Out Terms for U. S. – Arab Ties.”

In that article President Mohamed Morsi is quoted as saying:

  1. It is up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world and to revitalize the alliance with Egypt.
  2. The United States must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, even when it conflicts with Western values.
  3. “If you want to judge the performance of the Egyptian people by the standards of German or Chinese or American culture, there there is no room for judgment.”
  4. “When the Egyptians decide something, probably it is not appropriate for the U. S.
  5. “When the Americans decide something, this, of course, is not appropriate for Egypt.”
  6. “Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not hatred, of the peoples of the region” by backing dictatorial governments over popular opposition and supporting Israel over the Palestinians.”
  7. “We are behaving according to the Egyptian people’s choice and will, nothing else.”
  8. Arabs and Americans have “a shared objective, each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion.”

In the same issue of the Sunday New York Times is another article with the following heading: “Pakistani Minister Offers Bounty Over Anti-Islam Video.”

Below is a direct quote from that article.

Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani cabinet minister offered a $100,000 reward on Saturday for the death of the person behind the anti-Islam video made in the United States that has rolled Muslims around the world, even suggesting that Taliban and Al Qaeda militants could carry out the killing.

Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the federal railways minister, said at a news conference in the northwestern city of Peshawar that he would personally finance a bounty aimed at the maker of a crude, low-budget video that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr. Bilour acknowledged that incitement to murder was illegal, but said he was ‘ready to be hanged in the name of the Prophet Muhammad.’ And he invited the Taliban and Al Qaeda to be ‘partners in this noble deed,’ according to news reports.


Aside, President Morsi earned a doctorate in materials science at the University of Southern California in the early 1980s.



About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail

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