Category Archives: personal

Syria: My Reflection on Syria Today and Possibilities for the Syrian People

 My Reflections on the Syrian Nerve Gas Bombing of April 4th, 2017, the April 7th U.S. Bombing of the Syrian Airbase, and Possibilities for the  Future!                                                                                               by Peter Bohmer, April 17, 2017. 

“The evidence has continued to mount that the Syrian air force dropped Sarin gas on Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province in Syria on April 4th, 2017 killing at least 80 people and seriously wounding hundreds.  Evidence includes eyewitness accounts, statements by doctors and other medical personnel in Turkey who treated the wounded, statements by various scientific organizations that it was Sarin gas dropped from the air, the past use of Sarin by the Assad regime in 2013 gas and the implausibility and obvious falsehoods of the Russians and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad about the attack.  It is disheartening that so many on the left deny that Syria did these horrific killings or say we have no idea who did it.  Although there is close to but not 100% proof of the Syrian government carrying out this horrendous attack, I fear that those who deny or cast doubt on Syrian government responsibility would not accept any evidence that challenges their preconceived notions and ideology”…Syria Reflection, April 17, 2017,  Reflection on Syria.

Let’s Learn From the Past and Welcome Syrian Refugees!

Talk at Forum at The Evergreen State College: After Paris: Responding to Islamophobia and the Refugee Crisis

by Peter Bohmer, December 2, 2015

Let Us Learn from Our Past and Welcome Syrians to the United States!

First, a little first about my parents and grandparents! My family is from central Europe; my parents were born and grew up in Vienna, Austria as assimilated Jews. In March 1938, the Austrian government welcomed the invasion of Nazi Germany although there was some popular resistance. Germany immediately annexed Austria. My dad who was 22 years old was arrested and imprisoned in late March 1938 for being active in the Jewish community. He was also beaten by the guards but was released in August 1938. My father and mother immediately fled Austria for France which let in many Jews in although they also limited entry; e.g., from Poland which had the largest Jewish population in Europe…

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Let’s Learn From the Past and Welcome Syrian Refugees (.docx)