American Syrians - Obama Syria Revolution News from an American Perspective in English BlogEngine.NET en-US AmericanSyrians American Syrians 0.000000 0.000000 Top Alawite Brigadier General Defects <p>A top Alawaite, Major General Mohammed Khalouf and his son, have both defected and abandoned Syria's brutal dictator, Bashar Assad. In a television interview after his defection he stated that morale amongst troops is very low and that they are trying to recruit new infantry because they have run out. With the opposition's Free Syrian Army now numbering over 100,000 and fighting erupting in the streets of downtown Damascus, the Maj. General says that the end is near.</p> <p></p> <p>The defection of a top Alawaite Major Genral and his top ranked son is "huge" when you talk to Syrians and Syria analysts. The Alawite community does not stand with Assad and this is another example of Alawites breaking with Assad. Assad has hoped that the Alawites would stick with him, but time and time again they have broken ranks. Assad has tried sending recruiters and his thugs to the Alawite mountains to recruit young men as soldiers. The Alawites refused and in-fighting broke out between Assad's thugs and their Alawite brethren. The relationship has been slowly degenerating since that time. Assad has had to resort to scud missiles and rockets to bombard towns, because he doesn't have soldiers left.</p> <p>The defection of such a high ranking Alawite was never thought to be possible, but the brutality and injustice has lead even the loyalist of Assad supporters to break rank and abandon this lost cause.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:09:00 -0700 Damascus Obama Mohammed 199 Most brutal torture and murder video <p>If you are faint at heart, don't click through to watch this video. In this video, Syrian government troops round up a group of about 5 men. The men are huddled into a corner with their shirts pulled over their heads and their hands handcuffed behind them. They taunt and yell at the men for a while. They pose and take "funny" pictures and wave at the videographer. But what happnes next is horrific beyond description.</p> <p></p> <p>They choose two men to stay behind, while they escort the rest out. It isn't apparent where those other men were going. The two that remain end up experiencing one of the sickest and most brutal torture episodes ever caught on video.</p> <p>They Syrian soldiers start by using knives to slowly start tearing the mens shirts off. They pick away very superficially just tearing their shirts. Then they start picking away making incisions into the skin of their backs. They laugh and joke, and show one another various techniques. They beging taking pride in how skillfull they are at torturing these two poor guys. They then begin making hard and deep jabs at them. Into their sides, near their kidneys, into their lungs. When the two men don't fall and don't collapse, they stab them in the legs and in the knees until they fall onto their knees.</p> <p>Then they begin jabbing their knives deep into their backs. Then they start jabbing into their necks from the back, right at the spinal cord. Then a few side swipes at the neck into the carotids and jugulars. Then a few more stabs in the back in the spine. Then men are visibly handicapped and can no longer react and are probably paralyzed and or have bled out internally at this point.</p> <p>They kick the men to the ground even further and then take large concrete cinder blocks and throw them at the mens' heads. You see the concrete shatter as it hits their heads. They throw a few more slabs of concrete on the men and then celebrate and leave.</p> <p>This happens every day in Syria. This is not a one time episode. This happens daily. All around the country. People are tortured and killed brutally.</p> <p>If you thought that was disturbing, try imagining that video with the two victims as women. Being poked, prodded, and dismembered with knives. That happens every day. It is not unusual or rare.</p> <p>That is Syria. That is why the Syrian people want out. They have endured over 40 years of this and now the world gets to see it on YouTube.</p> <p>Call President Obama and your senators and tell them to do something!</p> <p> <iframe width="640" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:02:00 -0700 Massacre Obama Torture Video Mohammed 879 60,000 have been murdered <p>As the two year anniversary of the Syrian revolution approaches, well over 60,000 Syrians have been killed at the hands of their very own government. A government that is supposed to be protecting them. Meanwhile, the entirety of the world watches, debates, discusses, and doesn't decide on anything.</p> <p>Women, young and old, are being systematically raped. Children are being tortured, brutalized, and killed. Men of all ages are being detained, tortured, raped, poked, proded, and dismembered. No one is safe from this brutal regime.</p> <p>As the second year anniversary approaches, we pray that this nightmare ends soon. We pray that world leaders will stop hitching their wagons to the Assad train. We pray that wisdom, justice, and humanity will prevail.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's time to start rebuilding Syria.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:45:00 -0700 Obama Rape Syria Torture Women Mohammed 63 Syrian Americans should vote for Obama <p>Despite a difficult and continual disappointment in President Obama's lack of real action on Syria, Syrian Americans should still vote to support Obama. While most Syrians view Obama as ineffective, obstructionist, and useless, there actually is a method to his madness. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney hasn't offered convincing evidence that he would be any different.</p> <p>Further, a vote for Romney, is a vote for the tea party. No one has demonized and attempted to marginalize Muslims more than the extreme right. It's time to put an end to that. America will not stand for bigotry and racism.</p> <p>We encourage all 1,000,000 Syrian Americans to go out an vote to re-elect President Obama. Put your disappointment aside and elect an excellent representative of America abroad and at home. We can't go backwards and we can't encourage Muslim hating, black hating, gay hating, women hating, Latino hating, and poor hating behavior. Don't reward bad behavior!</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:16:00 -0700 Obama Mohammed 121 Syrian American organizations ask Romney Obama to support No Fly Zones and additional arms <p><strong>Coalition for a Democratic Syria Asks Obama, Romney to Support No-Fly Zones, Additional Arms for Free Syrian Army</strong></p> <p><strong>Tougher engagement described as crucial to US national security interests</strong></p> <p>TAMPA 8/29/2012 -&nbsp;The Coalition for a Democratic Syria released letters today to President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney asking for their support for tough new measures to bring an end to the crisis in Syria. More decisive action now will help protect American interests in the region and allow the United States to play a larger role in the shaping of a post-Assad Syria, the letters argue.</p> <p></p> <p>The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a partnership of Syrian Americans seeking to end the bloodshed and foster a transition to a free and democratic Syria. To date, the conflict there has left more than 23,000 dead and created more than 250,000 refugees.</p> <p>Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, a spokesman for the Coalition and a member of the Syrian National Council and the Executive Director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, announced the release of the letters during a briefing in Tampa about his recent fact-finding trip to the region. Dr. Ziadeh visited refugee camps along the Turkish border and met with elements of the Free Syrian Army while in Syria.</p> <p>America&rsquo;s adversaries in the region &ndash; Iran and Hezbollah &ndash; are working to prop up the Assad regime, which is a key supporter of terrorism. The state is a transit point of arms to Lebanon and a major impediment to Middle East peace. Acting now to hasten the demise of the regime is a vital US national security interest, Ziadeh said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe that by working with regional partners to strengthen support for vetted members of the Syrian opposition, America can &hellip; save lives, reduce the risk of regional instability and increase our nation&rsquo;s ability to shape the outcome in a critical region where we have major interests and crucial allies,&rdquo; the letter from Coalition Chairman Dr. Mahmoud Khattab states.</p> <p>The Coalition asks Obama and Romney to endorse significantly increasing the supply of defensive arms, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, as well as strengthened intelligence, training and funding support to carefully vetted elements of the Free Syrian Army, and to support tougher measures to protect civilians and enforce the democratic transition through the creation of no-fly zones. It also calls on the United States to commit to funding local governance councils in liberated areas so that they can provide basic services to the people and foster the development of democratic institutions.</p> <p>You can find the full text of the letters here:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 05:52:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 43 Syria Event at GOP Convention <p>The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (formerly American Syrian Coalition) has an event in 30 min at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The Coalition includes the Syrian American Council, Syrian Expatriates Organization, United for a Free Syria and the Syrian Emergency Task Force. As soon as we find out who is live-tweeting, we'll forward the information.&nbsp;Find out more!</p> <p><br />The State of Play in Syria<br /><br />A GOP Convention Briefing</p> <p>Date: Tuesday, Aug. 28</p> <div>Time: 1:00-2:00 P.M.<br />Location: TinaTapas, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602<br />RSVP:<br /><br />The American Syrian Coalition is pleased to announce that we will be joined at this event by special guest and Syrian National Council member Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, who is recently returned from Idlib, Syria.<br /><br />Speakers:<br /><br />Mohammed Alaa Ghanem<br />Syrian American Council<br /><br />Mouaz Moustafa<br />United for a Free Syria, Syrian Emergency Task Force<br /><br />Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff<br />Syrian Emergency Task Force<br /><br />Christy Delafield<br />Syrian Expatriates Organization</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:26:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 31 FSA: We are killing Sunnis, not Alawites <p>The Free Syrian Army continues to stress that they are at war with the regime, and not a specific sect. In all of their press releases, videos, and statements, they stress that they have killed Sunni informants, Sunni spies, Sunni regime leaders, and Sunni members of Assad's forces. They stress that you haven't heard of a single Alawite town being massacred. Not a single one. Read their full statement.</p> <p></p> <p>A translation of statements released by the Free Syrian Army. These statements were compiled from videos, press releases, Facebook posts, and Twitter posts:</p> <p>"We the Free Syrian Army are not fighting a sectarian war. We are fighting Assad's criminal forces. Regardless of religion. If you take a look at our movements and our actions, we have killed far more Sunnis than anyone from any other religion or sect. Just last week, we killed over 30 Sunnis loyal to Assad in an assasination campaign. They were all spies and informants or people who have tortured the civilians that we are protecting."</p> <p>"Have you heard of any massacres of an Alawi (Alawite) village? No. The Free Syrian Army has over 70,000 men and we control all of the land west of the cities from Turkey to Jordan. If we wanted to massacre an Alawite town, we could do it very easily. But we aren't doing that. That is not what God's people do. Those Alawites in those towns are oppressed and are supporting us. We are protecting them too! We are not sectarian, we are fighting those that fight us."</p> <p>"If anyone claims that the Free Syrian Army is sectarian, show us the proof? Where are the Alawite massacres? Where are they? The Christians and Alawites in our areas support us and are helping us. And we are protecting them from Assad."</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:58:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 50 Annan should step down and stop his mission <p>Since Kofi Annan began his mission in April of 2012, Syrians have experienced more death, more massacres, more torture, more shelling, more destruction, more devastation, more humiliation. Assad has used the cover of this mission to step up his battle against civilians. It's time for Annan to step aside and leave Syria. He is only making things worse.</p> <p></p> <p> calls on the world and the United Nations to suspend Annan's mission and put an end to the violence. This mission has been counterproductive and has caused more death and destruction.</p> <p>Syrians in Syria have named this Friday the Friday of "The Fall of Annan". Similar to how they are calling on the fall of the regime.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:19:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 14 American Syrians joins other groups in condemning terrorist speaker Grand Mufti Hassoun <p>American Syrians condemns in the strongest terms the organization and founder of the organization that is promoting and bringing Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun to the United States to speak. An organization called Syrian American Forum, founded by New Jersey orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nasser Ani, M.D., has invited Grand Mufti Hassoun to speak in Washington DC. We vehemently oppose this decision and this choice of speaker. Dr. Ani and Hassoun are promoting anti-American sentiments, terrorism, and hatred. Hassoun has called for suicide bombers to attack the United States and Europe. This is unacceptable and an egregious act of contempt against the United States.</p> <p></p> <p>Based on the invitation that was sent out, which can be found <a href="">here</a>, Dr. Nasser Ani has invited the Grand Mufti to speak in the United States. Here is a sampling of the Grand Mufti Hassoun's speeches posted on Youtube. He calls for suicide bombers to kill Americans, Brittains, and French people:</p> <iframe width="640" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></P> <p> American Syrians will work toward rallying support and protests against this event and will condemn any future activities by this group. The Syrian American Forum should be added to the terrorist organizations list and leaders should be tried on terrorism charges and treason.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:23:00 -0700 Obama Video Mohammed 13 Looking for cute kids for new video <p>We are in the process of creating a new video montage to play for Obama and the White House staff to show more and more support for Syria. we are looking for children between the ages of 2-12 to read a specific script while being video taped in high definition. We will then take the videos of all of these children and splice it together so that all of the children are included and they all get to say their names and send a short video message to president Obama.</p> <p></p> <p>Set your HD video device (smartphone, camera, etc) to record and somehow get your child to read the script in it's entirity, even if they repeat after you. We will edit out the adult voices and sounds. Then upload the video to YouTube in full HD. Then email us, Tweet us, or post on our Facebook page. We will download the full HD video and put our editors to work. We will not use non-HD footage.</p> <p>Script:</p> <p><strong>Dear President Obama,</strong><br /><strong>My name is_____________. My brothers and sisters are being killed in Syria. You can stop this from happening. Little children are being killed and you can save their lives. It's time to lead. You are the world leader. People listen to you. I know it's a hard decision, but for the sake of humanity, for the sanctity of children's lives, please don't&nbsp;wait around for others to act. The entire world wants you to lead us and stop this mess. If you care about humanity and dignity, please act to prevent children, like me, from being killed. I hope that you will hear my message and do something about this soon.</strong></p> <div><br /><br /><strong>Sincerely,</strong><br /><strong>___________</strong><br /><strong>From Charlotte North Carolina</strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:05:00 -0700 Obama Video Mohammed 1402 McCain says Obama is 'Just Behind' <p>Senator John McCain contunes to slam Obama for his inaction and lack of leadership on Syria.</p> <p>Last week, President Obama took to the airwaves again and answered questions about Syria. He continued down the same do-nothing mantra and made more excuses as to why the US is unable to respond. Senator John McCain and many others were very critical of Obama's lack of leadership and intervention in Syria.</p> <p></p> <p>Senator McCain says that&nbsp;Obama should follow the approach that President Bill Clinton followed to intervene in Kosovo in 1999. At the time, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization bombed Serbia until then-Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic withdrew troops from the Kosovo region, where they were attempting to crush an independence movement. But the US and NATO waited to long to respond and thousands perished.</p> <p>&ldquo;We should refuse to give Russia and China a veto over our actions&rdquo; in Syria and create a &ldquo;coalition of willing states&rdquo; to intervene,&rsquo;&rsquo; McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.</p> <p>McCain, who ran against Obama as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said he envisions an operation that involves no U.S. &ldquo;boots on the ground.&rdquo; Instead, the U.S. should aid opposition groups by establishing &ldquo;safe havens&rdquo; in Syria using U.S. air power.</p> <p>&ldquo;Once Assad&rsquo;s forces see that they, their tanks, their artillery, their helicopters and their other aircraft will pay an awful price if they try to threaten these opposition safe havens, I suspect they will quickly lose their appetite for it,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>McCain today reiterated his criticism that the Obama administration isn&rsquo;t doing enough to stem the violence and build relationships with leaders of an opposition that might one day lead Syria.</p> <p>&ldquo;When it comes to the administration&rsquo;s policy in Syria, to say they are &lsquo;leading from behind&rsquo; is too generous,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;That suggests they are leading. They are just behind.&rdquo;</p> <p>As the violence continues, tensions are rising between the U.S. and Russia, Syria&rsquo;s main Mideast ally. Last week, Clinton said Syria is &ldquo;spiraling toward civil war&rdquo; and that Russia is aiding the violence by continuing to arm Assad&rsquo;s regime.</p> <p>We applaud Senator McCain on his stance on Syria and hope that Obama will one day see the light. In the meantime, Americans should punish Obama at the polls and elect someone else. Mitt Romney says that he would intervene in Syria on "day one" of his White House stint.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 05:44:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 6 Obama's legacy massacred in Syria <p>Assad has gone bonkers. Slaughtering children and massacring entire villages is a sign of desperation and weakness. The rest of the world cannot stomach watching massacres on CNN every night and sleep at night as if nothing is happening.</p> <p>Obama was hoping that he would not have to deal with the Syria situation until after the election. He wants to run on the "President that ended all wars" platform. Unfortunately, this is a faulty premise to run on, but his camp seems like they are trying their damndest to run on that platform. Even at the cost of ruining Obama's legacy forever.</p> <p></p> <p>The Romney campaign are running on the "Obama is bankrupt on international leadership" platform and are gaining a lot of ground. Romney cites Syria as a very specific example of Obama's weak foreign policy. Further, republican strategists are claiming that Obama's response to the Arab Spring was slow, timid, and non-committal. He would wait till the very end and an inevitable winner was decided to&nbsp;<a href="">take the side of the winner</a>. There is no leadership in that.</p> <p>Syria needs to be handled very differently and very quickly. Over 80% of the country is controlled by the freedom fighters and Assad has lost his two major strongholds, Aleppo and Damascus. The freedom fighters are taking the fight to Assad and attacking his loyalists in Damascus. They are no longer waiting and defending. They are on the attack. It will be a matter of weeks before Assad is removed forcibly from power.</p> <p>Obama is taking the United States down a dangerous path of apathy and lack of support for democracy and freedom in the Middle East. Further, he is siding with the terrorist organization Hezbollah and siding with terrorist supporting cuntry of Iran. This is the opposite message that we need to be sending to the people of the Middle East. We need to support freedom and democracy and stand against dictatorships and evil regimes. We should stand against terrorism; against Iran and Hezbollah.</p> <p>Further, Obama is sending a horrific message to tyrannical leaders throughout the world. That if your people rise up against you asking for freedom and you crack down hard enough and massacre and slaughter children, that the world will leave you alone to "handle your business" regardless of how many videos are posted on Youtube. That is the wrong message.</p> <p>Obama needs to swallow his pride and side with the Syrian people quickly, before it's too late. There is a small window left where a no fly zone, and arming the freedom fighters with better weapons would make a huge difference and end Assad's regime faster. Assad is gone. There is no doubt. But the US looks like we are enabling Assad's murder and slaughter at this point. The Syrian people think the world has turned a blind eye. We can still turn that around at this point, but that window of opportunity is closing quickly.</p> <p>Obama needs to stop worrying about elections and start worrying about reality; like children whose throats were slit and whose brains were blown out. Women who were raped and beaten to a pulp. Men who are being raped and tortured for no reason whatsoever other than wanting freedom.</p> <p>History will destroy the Obama presidency and look at it very poorly.</p> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 06:26:00 -0700 Obama Rape Torture Mohammed 2 Republicans: Obama is fucked on Syria <p class="intro">L</p> <p>ast week the White House sent out a press release trying to strengthen Obama's image on foreign policy and war on terrorism. In the statement, they discussed how Obama sits around every morning and shuffles a deck of cards with various terrorists names and faces on it, trying to decide whose life he will end that day with a drone missile attack. The White House senses that Obama looks weak on foreign matters, and wants to strengthen his image as this <a href="">all-powerful drone warrior</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Republicans are frothing over Obama's perceived weakness and are going to take him to task hard on his<a href=""> foreign policy blunders</a>. The Obama camp thought they were bullet proof after nailing Osama, Awlaki, and ending the war in Afghanistan and Iraq (which still haven't ended). But then the Arab Spring happened. Obama would wait till the very last moment, when the winner was obvious, and then side <a href="">with the winning team</a>. He did this in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and is till waffling on the sideline on Syria, waiting for a clear winner to emerge, to then say, "We were with you all along."</p> <p>Syria has thrown a wrench into that game plan. It's taken longer than expected for a clear winner to emerge, and the Obama camp hasn't yet taken the side of the winner. They continue with the same rhetoric, "freedom, people, democracy", but no one is buying it. The US hasn't backed up their words with any show of force. In fact, they have cowered in the face of threats by Russia and China. This obviously has put the US, and Obama specifically, in a very weak position. So much so, that the rest of the world actually <a href="">views the US as weak</a>.</p> <p>So much so, that a&nbsp;<a href="">recent poll of Arabs in the Middle East</a>&nbsp;has shown Obama to be less popular than Bush in his last term at this time. Some Arabs have gone on to say that they preferred Bush's "in your face" policy rather than paying just lip service to freedom and democracy.</p> <p>There is a lot of buzz in Washington and especially among the Mitt Romney camp. A few high level sources inside the Republican party have chomping at the bit to attack Obama on his foreign policy weaknesses and especially on Syria. "Obama is fucked on Syria" is the common sentiment. The Romney camp plans to take him to the cleaners on his foreign policy hypocrisy, blunders, and lack of decisiveness.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mark Rubio, the Senator from Florida, has been <a href="">harping on Syria extensively</a>. He is originally Cuban and understands dictatorship and why it fails. He compares Syria's Assad to Cuba's Castro. He would like to see an intervention in Syria, yesterday.</p> <p>Rubio says in his article, "Our allies in this mission should take the main responsibility for arming and training the most capable and trustworthy rebels now. But the U.S. should make clear that we stand ready to step in and fill key gaps between the rebels' military needs and our allies' capabilities. Empowering and supporting Syria's opposition today will give us our best chance of influencing it tomorrow, to ensure that revenge killings are rare in a post-Assad Syria and that a new government follows a moderate foreign policy."</p> <p>The Obama administration needs to make a quick turnaround and resolve the Syria crisis before the election if they want to see this issue go away. Otherwise, they are going to face a lot of tough criticism, and they don't have a good explanation.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:15:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 20 Obama is the problem, not Putin <p class="intro">W</p> <p>e've been inundated recently by a lot of activists telling us that the problem with Syria is Putin's obstructionist agenda. This is absolutely wrong. The problem is president Obama's lack of leadership and lack of courage. When Kadaffi threatened to massacre his opposition, the United States and NATO did not wait for anyone. They ignored Russia's warnings and China's objections. When it's time to act, the United States acts. We don't wait. Obama is the problem, not Putin. Call the White House and State Department and let them know that the US should take a stronger leadership role. We are the world leaders, we need to act like it.</p> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 12:12:00 -0700 Obama Mohammed 6