American Syrians - Syria Syria Revolution News from an American Perspective in English BlogEngine.NET en-US AmericanSyrians American Syrians 0.000000 0.000000 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 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 Chicago Red Cross Helping Syria <p>The Chicago chapterof the American Red Cross is responding to the crisis in Syria and has contributed $200,000 to help in Syria. Find out what the Red Cross is doing.</p> <p></p> <p>SITUATION OVERVIEW&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; More than a year of unrest in Syria has affected an estimated1.5 million people and thousands have been displaced, wounded or killed.&nbsp;<br />&bull; The overall humanitarian situation is deteriorating as violence has spread across the country; as a result the ICRC has publicly announced that hostilities in Syria amount to an internal conflict.&nbsp;<br />&bull; People caught in neighborhoods affected by violence often have only limited access to food, water, health care and other basic needs.&nbsp;<br />&bull; Resources are being stretched to capacity and vulnerabilities are growing as host communities and neighboring countries host thousands of displaced people and refugees.&nbsp;<br /><br />AMERICAN RED CROSS RESPONSE&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; The American Red Cross has committed $200,000 to the International Federation Syria Crisis appeal, earmarked for food parcels, and continues to monitor the situation. The American Red Cross previously committed $235,000 to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent through the International Federation&rsquo;s Middle East and North Africa Civil Unrest appeal.&nbsp;<br /><br />GLOBAL RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT NETWORK RESPONSE&nbsp;<br /><br />Syrian Arab Red Crescent: Despite dangerous conditions for volunteers and staff, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent remains the lead organization in coordinating response efforts and delivering services. It has distributed thousands of food parcels and relief kits, trained around 10,000 volunteers and is also the main ambulance provider in many parts of Syria.&nbsp;<br /><br />International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: The International Federation has issued an appeal for USD $27.8 million to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in directly assisting 200,000 people and building the capacity of the society to support the estimated 1.5 million people affected throughout the country.&nbsp;<br /><br />International Committee of the Red Cross: The ICRC is assisting the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in coordination of operational field response activities in relief distribution, first aid, connecting family members and security management.&nbsp;<br /><br />Carrie Wall&nbsp;<br />Manager, Disaster and International Services&nbsp;<br />American Red Cross&nbsp;<br />Greater Chicago Region&nbsp;<br />The Rauner Center&nbsp;<br />2200 W. Harrison St.&nbsp;<br />Chicago, IL 60612&nbsp;<br /><a href="tel:%28312%29%20729-6168" target="_blank">(312) 729-6168</a>&nbsp;(p)&nbsp;<br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;<br />*Please note new email address*&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:49:00 -0700 Chicago Syria Mohammed 51 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 Daily Defections: Assad losing grip <p>Every day now, you have news of large scale defections in the Syrian military. The Free Syrian Army is growing rapidly, progressing with their techniques, and is evolving quickly on the ground. Top level defections are customary now, and the Free Syrian Army is more organized than ever. They are going to win this on their own, and it won't be long. Large corridors of Syrian territory are no longer controlled by Assad. He has to fly in his military to border checkpoints, because the land routes are all cut off and secured by the FSA.</p> <p></p> <p>The United States and western world are non-factors. The Free Syrian Army has created their own safe-zones, have seized their own weapons, and are collecting an armament of weapons from defectors and military bases that they capture. They aren't waiting for anyone to arm them.</p> <p>The United States risks losing influence and credibility in the region by not supporting the FSA sooner.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:14:00 -0700 Syria Mohammed 13 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 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 A case for intervention in Syria <p class="intro">F</p> <p>or the past 14 months, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have protested for freedom. Despite the fact that the Syrian government, led by Bashar al-Assad, has killed<a title="thousands of people" href="" target="_blank">thousands of people</a>, many Syrians continue to fight for freedom. Some peacefully protest. Others, such as the Free Syrian Army, which is partially comprised of&nbsp;<a title="military defectors" href="" target="_blank">military defectors</a>, have taken arms against the regime. Nonetheless, a bloody stalemate has ensued, with neither side being able to strike a decisive blow. In addition, although atrocities have been committed by both the opposition as well as the government, the majority of such crimes have been perpetrated by the&nbsp;<a title="regime" href="http://http//" target="_blank">regime.</a>&nbsp;For example, on May 25, 2012, 108 people were murdered by regime forces in&nbsp;<a title="Houla, Syria" href="" target="_blank">Houla, Syria.</a></p> <p></p> <p>There has been much&nbsp;<a title="debate" href="" target="_blank">debate</a>&nbsp;over what the international community should do in response to the aforementioned war crimes as well as the continual slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria. Some analysts prefer&nbsp;<a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CE8QFjAA&amp;;ei=nVfET9SrEaK7iwKAhI37Bw&amp;usg=AFQjCNFxYoT95malW85pTfrxfoOnZsNVqghtt%20">economic sanctions and other diplomatic measures</a>. Others prefer some variant of&nbsp;<a title="military" href="" target="_blank">military</a>&nbsp;<a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CFIQFjAA&amp;;ei=UljET9idFqihiQL-g9DKAw&amp;usg=AFQjCNHpdwoQnt8d7GMbT6Q7XSfEJz0E7w">intervention</a>. Regardless, it is highly unlikely that intervention will occur in the short-term. The Obama administration has argued&nbsp;<a title="against " href="" target="_blank">against&nbsp;</a>intervention and, with an election in November, is unlikely to risk upsetting an electorate that is war-weary. Likewise, NATO has&nbsp;<a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=newssearch&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CC4QqQIwAA&amp;;ei=1lnET9j-OqvbiAK%20">shown</a>no interest in intervening either. Russia and China are also unlikely to back any intervention and have even been against&nbsp;<a title="sanctions on the regime." href="" target="_blank">sanctions on the regime</a>. They have, however, supported former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a title="peace plan" href="" target="_blank">peace plan</a>, which calls for a ceasefire as well as withdraw of soldiers from the cities. Nevertheless, as shown by the massacre in Houla, Mr. Annan&rsquo;s peace plan has failed. Thus, in my view, it is time for the international community to declare the Annan peace plan a failure and intervene in Syria.</p> <p>I recognize, however, that intervention is not without risk. At&nbsp;<a title="300,000" href="" target="_blank">300,000&nbsp;</a>strong, Syria&rsquo;s army is larger and more formidable than Gaddafi&rsquo;s forces in Libya. It would also be more difficult to set-up a no-fly zone in Syria than Libya, especially because of its more advanced&nbsp;<a title="air defenses" href="" target="_blank">air defenses</a>. Just as important, due to Syria&rsquo;s geographic location, any intervention could result in a regional war and there are concerns of instability, especially with recent bombings of&nbsp;<a title="government installations." href="" target="_blank">government installations</a>. Plus, there is resistance to military action in the western world because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as economic hardships in both the United States and Europe. Many are understandably war-weary and reluctant to support military engagement. However, I believe that despite the risks, military intervention is necessary and that there are strong moral and regional security arguments for intervention itself. In addition, I also believe that the aforementioned risks can be mitigated during an intervention.</p> <p>The reason why I believe such an intervention is necessary is because diplomatic pressure alone has not worked in Syria. For the past 14 months, the United States, European Union, Turkey, and Arab League have used diplomatic tools, such as negotiations and sanctions to try to persuade President Assad to stop killing his citizens. Although such pressure has strained the Syrian&nbsp;<a title="economy" href="" target="_blank">economy</a>, it has not ended the massacres. Neither have the Annan peace plan nor the&nbsp;<a title="Arab League monitoring effort" href="" target="_blank">Arab League monitoring effort</a>. Instead, the latter efforts have only bought more time for the regime to continue its war crimes. Thus, like the late genocidal dictator Slobodan Milosevic, President Assad is undeterred by diplomatic pressure and has continued a brutal campaign of&nbsp;<a title="murder and torture" href="" target="_blank">murder and torture</a>.</p> <p>It is unacceptable for the international community to allow such war crimes to continue. According to the opposition, over&nbsp;<a title="15,000 people" href="" target="_blank">15,000 people</a>&nbsp;have been murdered in Syria and<a title="thousands" href="" target="_blank">thousands</a>&nbsp;have been displaced.&nbsp; This toll will continue to rise as long as President Assad is allowed to continue killing people. Thus, there is a strong moral case for intervention. Such a case is strengthened by the fact that the United Nations&nbsp;<a title="Responsibility to Protect doctrine" href="" target="_blank">Responsibility to Protect doctrine</a>&nbsp;calls upon the international community to intervene to stop genocide and crimes against humanity. As explained above, crimes against humanity have been committed in Syria. There is a strong case for such crimes to be labeled as genocidal as well since the regime has&nbsp;<a title="targeted" href="" target="_blank">targeted&nbsp;</a>Sunnis.</p> <p>In addition to the moral case, there is also a strong regional security case to be made for intervention. Inaction can lead to more instability and as a result, threaten already fragile security in the region. As columnist Ilhan Tanir argues in the Hurriyet Daily, the longer atrocities and international inaction continue, the more easier it will be for jihadist organizations to&nbsp;<a title="co-opt the" href=";nID=15670&amp;NewsCatID=423" target="_blank">co-opt the&nbsp;</a>revolution. This is because such groups would be offering assistance while the&nbsp;<a title="international community remains silent." href=";nID=15670&amp;NewsCatID=423" target="_blank">international community remains silent.</a>&nbsp;Most Syrians&nbsp;<a title="reject such jihadist/terrrorist groups" href="" target="_blank">reject such jihadist/terrrorist groups</a>&nbsp;and will continue to do so, but allowing atrocities to continue will only give more time for these organizations to try to use the revolution for their own atrocious goals. The regime itself also has ties to&nbsp;<a title="connections" href="">extremist organizations and can utilize these groups to further destabilize the country</a>. Intervention, on the other hand, could shorten the revolution and instability by toppling the regime. It can also show the people of Syria that the world will no longer remain silent about the atrocities.</p> <p>Critics of intervention have charged that&nbsp;<a title="intervention will lead to more sectarianism" href="" target="_blank">intervention will lead to more sectarianism</a>. However, as Michael Weiss and Tanir argue in their report,&nbsp;<a title="The Case Against Non-Intervention in Syria" href="" target="_blank">The Case Against Non-Intervention in Syria</a>, inaction itself may well lead to more sectarianism. As they have stated, Assad has created fears among Christians, Alawaites, and other minorities that if his regime is toppled, it will lead to Sunni backlash against minority groups. In addition, as mentioned earlier, the regime has largely targeted&nbsp;<a title="Sunnis" href="" target="_blank">Sunnis</a>. Thus, the longer inaction continues, the longer the regime&nbsp;<a title="will have to increase sectarian fears and foment tension" href="" target="_blank">will have to increase sectarian fears and foment tension</a>.</p> <p>Besides sectarianism, those against intervention cite fears of regional war. Unfortunately, a regional war is already underway and regional actions have largely benefited the regime. The Iranian government has&nbsp;<a title="troops to assist the regime." href=",7340,L-4234608,00.html" target="_blank">sent troops&nbsp;</a>and&nbsp;<a title="arms" href="" target="_blank">arms</a>&nbsp;to assist the regime and has provided funds to keep it&nbsp;<a title="funds" href="" target="_blank">afloat</a>. Contrarily, the Syrian opposition has only&nbsp;<a title="recently" href="" target="_blank">recently</a>&nbsp;begun to receive military assistance from governments, having mostly depended on private smugglers beforehand. So, as the international community hesitates to act, Iran is providing the regime the weapons, soldiers, and money it needs to continue its atrocities. Intervention can help the Syrian opposition even the odds and topple the regime. Specifically, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey could provide special forces to train, arm, and unify the FSA, thereby making it a stronger and more effective and capable force. Airstrikes by NATO can further weaken the regime.</p> <p>Intervention will not be easy, but concerns over the risks of intervention can be mitigated. For example, retired Lieutenant General David Deptula has stated that an aerial campaign on Syria could be successful,&nbsp;<a title="albeit difficult" href="" target="_blank">albeit difficult</a>. Moreover, as Weiss and Tanir argued, Israeli air forces were able to&nbsp;<a title="successful" href="" target="_blank">successfully launch airstrikes</a>&nbsp;on Syrian soil in 2007. Thus, Syrian air defenses are surmountable. In addition, the Syrian military may not be as strong as some believe. Weiss has mentioned that about 3/4 of Syria&rsquo;s army have been relegated to their barracks, especially because the regime&nbsp;<a title="Distrusts their" href="" target="_blank">distrusts their loyalty</a>. Moreover, many of Syria&rsquo;s conscripts are&nbsp;<a title="Sunni" href="" target="_blank">Sunni</a>. As a result, the Syrian military is not able to use its fullest capabilities and there is a possibility that more defections could occur, especially if the regime will be forced to call upon more troops- including those that it fears will be disloyal- to respond to a military intervention. Furthermore, Weiss also points out that many in the Syrian military may defect if an intervention<a title="occurring " href="" target="_blank">occurs</a>. I also think that more defections will occur should regional special forces assist the FSA in launching operations throughout the country. By doing that, Assad&rsquo;s forces would be spread out, which would cause much strain, thereby forcing the regime to deploy troops it fears will be disloyal.</p> <p>Overall, intervention is risky but necessary and effective. Inaction, on the other hand, will lead to more deaths, sectarianism, and instability. In addition, the risks of intervention are mitigated by both weaknesses within the Syrian army as well as the fact that the Syrian air defenses can be overcome. Intervention does not necessitate large numbers of ground troops though. Rather, America&rsquo;s regional allies can use limited numbers of special forces to arm, train, and organize the FSA. NATO can carry out airstrikes against the Syrian military. It will not be easy, but it can bring an end to the atrocities. Altogether, it is time for the international community to intervene in Syria.</p> <p>Reprinted with permssion from: <a href="">Poems For Syria Blog</a></p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:02:00 -0700 Syria Alex 2 supports American Syrian Coalition <p>Four major organizations for Syrian advocacy in the United States have joined forces and issued a joint statement regarding intervening in Syria. Read their statement here:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:10:00 -0700 Syria Mohammed 21 A Letter A Day for Syria Campaign <p><span style="color: #000080; font-size: large;"><strong>A Letter A Day</strong></span></p> <p>We are launching a new campaign called "A Letter A Day for Syria". Every day, before you sleep at night, send a letter to your congressional leaders and president Obama urging them to help the Syrian people. This is the most effective campaign and will get the most results. Our goal is to have 2 million letters sent to congress by Memorial Day 2012!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How?</strong></p> <p>Register now with <a href="" target="_blank"></a> website. This will save all of your information, and you can quickly send a letter every day without having to login, edit your information, and reuse it.</p> <p>They count how many letters are sent on each topic and that influences the decision makers. "Senator, we got another 15 on Syria."</p> <p></p> <p><strong>When?</strong></p> <p>Start today! And send a letter every day! Send some on behalf of your kids and friends. Print them out and send printed letters. Bombard them with letters on Syria. This will be very effective.</p> <p><strong>Spread the word!</strong></p> <p>Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Email, and all other forms of outreach. Look out for our Facebook events and fliers. Share and reshare. We need 2 million letters! Tweet with the hashtag #ALAD4Syria "A letter a day for Syria". Get everyone doing it. Use the shortlink:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Samples:</strong></p> <p>Honorable Congressman and President Obama,</p> <p>I urge you, once again, to act now on Syria. The situation is deteriorating out of control and is getting worse and worse. Syria is in our strategic interest in that vital part of the world. We can't afford to not stand on the side of the people and on teh side of democracy in Syria. Assad will be gone soon, and we need to position ourselves in the hearts and minds of the freedom-loving Syrian people.</p> <p>Thank you,</p> <p>A concerned citizen</p> <p> <p>Or use our full letter at:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> </p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #000080;">What are you waiting for? Go start sending letters!</span></strong></span></p> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 18:16:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 219 Syrian Christians against Assad <p>Syria's large Christian population , who has been tortured and oppressed along side the Muslims of Syria, have been strong supporters of the revolution and have been outspoken against Assad. Take a look at this video from a Christian Syrian leader. English subtitles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 05:51:00 -0700 Obama Syria Video Mohammed 5 $12M from US is a band aid, not a solution <p>President Obama is pledging to send $12 million dollars in US aid to the the Syrian people. &nbsp;He is calling it "non-lethal" and humanitarian aid. Perhaps someone can explain this to us, why are we sending them $12 million dollars to help treat those being injured and maimed by Assad. Why aren't we working to eliminate Assad? Does this make any sense? It's sbsolutely absurd.</p> <p>The Obama administration has a confounding, twisted, confusing, illogical, and disturbing foreign policy agenda that is complicated and contradictory. Rather than put forth a solution to get rid of the killer, we are going to allow him to keep killing, but we are going to send in medications to those who got injured and aren't dead yet?</p> <p>Does this make any sense? Is this what America does? Is this what we stand for? When America decides to act, we don't do something half assed. This is a quarter assed way of "helping". It's embarrassing the United States abroad in a region where should not be trying to knowingly insult the people's collective intelligence.</p> <p></p> <p>This is just putting a band aid on the real problem. The problem is Assad, not the people who are injured. Sure, they need help badly, but we could end it all if we work to eliminate Assad.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apparently, we aren't the only ones that find Obama's Syria policy confusing. Some republican strategists feel that they could beat Obama on foreign policy based on his actios (or inactions) in Syria. Read the following articles:</p> <p><a href="">Republicans can beat Obama on Foreign Policy</a></p> <p><a href="">Obama's deadly miscalculation on Syria</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:58:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 13