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Escalating Violence in Asia

Violence continues to mar the natural beauty that is Asia. From Thailand to Syrian to Iraq and to other lands, violence and the cult of it sheds blood daily as individuals, seeking reforms and changes from their governments, take to the streets in protests; and authorities and regimes not relenting in their seats of power, push back against their citizens. A rocket fired early this morning from Syria into a border Lebanese town killed six. A bomb blast at an Opposition rally in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday, has injured 36. Thais have taken to the streets since last November in a call for their Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawarta to resign. Protesting Thais believe Yingluck is influenced by her brother a former Thai Prime Minister who has been convicted in Thailand of crimes, but has escaped the country only to see his sister attempt to pass legislation granting him amnesty. A bomb blast aboard the Khushhal Khan Khattack Express train in Punjab province, Pakistan killed three and injured 15 yesterday. A car bomb killed four in Lebanon yesterday and Israel shot down rockets fired from Gaza and responded  with air strikes. Such is the state of some affairs in Asia on this Friday, January 17, 2014. For the sake of all the children of the region, we continue to hold out for peace,  a lasting peace.