Commentary on Current Events by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
From The Huffington Post:
“In the last 48 hours, we have had an average of one Syrian killed every 25 minutes, one Syrian wounded every 13 minutes.”
A hospital for kids was bombed. An airstrike turned a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, into rubble. The government has been bombing Aleppo for days. That children’s hospital isn’t the only target: the Syrian government has been assaulting Aleppo for about a week now, killing about 150 ordinary citizens.
Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy to Syria, says the bombing in Aleppo and also in Homs has gotten so bad in the past few days that the UN may not be able to deliver aid to people and places in Syria who seriously need it.
Everything that we see is for the purpose of making us better
From The Refutation Is At Hand (#2):
If we see that in a certain country there are wars, those wars are being waged only for our benefit. That’s the way we have to read the newspapers (if we read them at all). It’ll take a long time for this to percolate into our thick skulls. But that’s what we’re here for. That’s purpose of everything (not only pironius, suffering) that takes place in the world; it’s for us.
If you see trouble among, let’s say, the nations in Africa, in the Congo. They’re massacring entire tribes. You have the people in Vietnam trying to destroy each other. Or in North Korea or South Korea. Or if the Chinese or the communists are fighting against each other.
All these phenomena shouldn’t be lost upon us. One of the purposes is to make us think: Suppose we lived there. What suffering we would undergo. It’s a very great suffering to live in Vietnam. People are constantly in terror. In commotion. Their lives are ruined. And how many of them have been destroyed… how many have been maimed; orphaned, widowed; refugees. Plus all the attendant ills of war: epidemics…
Everything that we see among the nations is for the purpose of chastising us and making us become better.