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As Christians, Today Is the Day to Lobby

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It's time to pray for great wisdom upon Presidents Donald Trump and Jean-Michel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May. It's time to lobby as Christians and give great counsel to our leaders in Europe and America of how to respond. The response is in their hands, and there is a sustainable path to take.
The events in Syria are awful. The loss of life and devastation irredeemable. The torture of the weapons used inexcusable. The counter-response of brute force is not an answer of lasting effect and will not influence those in charge. We have the tools to affect events in our hands; there is no need to launch anything.

The solution is simple and of lasting effect. Those who support tyranny require funds to do so and great wealth to sustain it. It is no secret that Russia and Iran support Syria. Why then allow their nationals access to our capital markets, our stock markets, our lending institutions, our courts that hear their disputes and divorces? Why then do we allow them to live in the streets of the cities, where others have fought to protect and where our first responders are on call to quench fire, police neighborhoods and attend to sickness at the reach of 999 or 911?

Those who can't subscribe to our ways and who behave badly in any corner of the world should be required to leave and return to their own backyards where they can put right the wrong and use their wealth to good. The vast majority of peoples of Russia, Iran and Syria are decent, hard-working peoples who want all that we want, to live in peace and to fulfill a long life with their family. These people want to sleep in their beds, not die in them.

Meanwhile, equally to blame are those who serve on their boards in Europe and America who should step down and not lend the honors and credibility bestowed upon them to line their own pockets. Their presence adds no credibility to those they represent but detracts from the integrity and good character of the democratic systems that put them there.

No more sanction, no more pressures, no more missiles—but plain old common sense. In turn the oligarchs, the opulent and the opposition can go back to their land and lobby their leaders for the change that is required, the peace that is needed and the future that is to come.

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Send a lasting message, not another meaningless missile. Only the pressure from those within upon their leaders will work, and those able to enact it should prepare to return to their homes to do so and not remain in ours. Solomon's wisdom tells us in Ecclesiastics 10:19 (NKJV) that "money answers everything." Let it be the answer now.

Martin Clarke is a London businessman and a member of Holy Trinity Brompton Anglican Church in London.

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