American Syrians - Torture Syria Revolution News from an American Perspective in English http://americansyrians.com/syria/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 2.0.0.36 en-US http://americansyrians.com/syria/opml.axd http://www.americansyrians.com/syndication.axd AmericanSyrians American Syrians 0.000000 0.000000 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="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X6HjDf9OC8Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Most-brutal-torture-and-murder-video.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Most-brutal-torture-and-murder-video.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=4c041a01-4437-4648-a03d-e67387822aac Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:02:00 -0700 Massacre Obama Torture Video Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=4c041a01-4437-4648-a03d-e67387822aac 879 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=4c041a01-4437-4648-a03d-e67387822aac http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Most-brutal-torture-and-murder-video.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=4c041a01-4437-4648-a03d-e67387822aac 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> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/60000-have-been-murdered.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/60000-have-been-murdered.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=ba1e5a27-848b-403b-b8d9-606772b52fdd Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:45:00 -0700 Obama Rape Syria Torture Women Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=ba1e5a27-848b-403b-b8d9-606772b52fdd 63 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=ba1e5a27-848b-403b-b8d9-606772b52fdd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/60000-have-been-murdered.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=ba1e5a27-848b-403b-b8d9-606772b52fdd 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="http://muslimrepublicans.net/Article.asp?ID=181">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> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Obamas-legacy-massacred.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Obamas-legacy-massacred.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=41ff652c-d2e1-4ae1-a03e-0bcc5db02c78 Sun, 17 Jun 2012 06:26:00 -0700 Obama Rape Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=41ff652c-d2e1-4ae1-a03e-0bcc5db02c78 2 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=41ff652c-d2e1-4ae1-a03e-0bcc5db02c78 http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Obamas-legacy-massacred.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=41ff652c-d2e1-4ae1-a03e-0bcc5db02c78 No doubts: Perpetrators of Houla massacre were Assad's military forces <p>Assad's spin machine is attempting to blame the Houla Massacre on the freedom-loving demonstrators, but eye witness acounts from children survivors of the Houla Massacre have surfaced, including video interviews on Youtube, describing Assad's military and para-military forces as the perpetrators of the Houla Massacre. An older female survivor tells the same story of Assad's military going home to home and killing everything in sight. The two children survived by playing dead. The female child that survived was connected to a chest tube and stabbed in the chest as she gave her Youtube interview. The little boy that survived smeared blood on himself and played dead.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The story unfolds at 3am. After continued shelling of the Houla district of Homs, Assad's military pulls up in front of a string of about 8 homes. They enter the first home, where the little boy child witness lived, and asked his mother about three males. She said she had no idea where they were. They shot her and his sister. They proceeded to rampage through the home killing everyone in sight. They fired at the little boy and missed, he covered himself in blood and laid down and played dead. They raided the home stealing televisions and computers.</p> <p></p> <p>The boy eventually ran away to a relatives house, where the same military officers arrived and replayed the same scenario again. The boy ran off and escaped.</p> <p>When the little boy was asked, who were these men, what were they wearing. He was confused as to why they were asking him these questions and said that he knows exactly who they were and described them very clearly with their facial hair and military uniforms. He said they arrived in tanks and personnel carriers and that they were the Syrian army and "Shabiha". The Shabiha are Assad's para-military shadow forces that run amuck and operate with complete impunity.</p> <p>In other homes, when they found the male they were looking for, they tied up all of the children, many of them under 10 months old, and forced their father to watch them brutally slaughter each one of them, one by one. Some children were shot in the head and had their brain blown out. Some had their heads bashed with hammers. Some had their throats slit and their eyes carved out of their sockets. The father was forced to watch. Over 50 children were massacred in this way with their parents forced to watch.&nbsp;</p> <p>In other homes, the women were tied up and sodomized with weapons and various household objects, while the family was forced to watch. Then they were shot multiple times. Then finally, they would kill the males they were looking for.&nbsp;</p> <p>Their approach is systematic and calculated. Very similar to what happened in Hama in 1982, when Assad's father ordered a similar crackdown. History is repeating itself and the entire world is watching but continues to remain silent.</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/No-doubts-Perpetrators-of-Houla-massacre-were-Assads-military-forces.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/No-doubts-Perpetrators-of-Houla-massacre-were-Assads-military-forces.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=d3856fc2-1fd2-4bee-a734-77cfd12d6d2a Mon, 28 May 2012 12:13:00 -0700 Massacre Rape Torture Women Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=d3856fc2-1fd2-4bee-a734-77cfd12d6d2a 59 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=d3856fc2-1fd2-4bee-a734-77cfd12d6d2a http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/No-doubts-Perpetrators-of-Houla-massacre-were-Assads-military-forces.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=d3856fc2-1fd2-4bee-a734-77cfd12d6d2a Reflections: One Year Anniversary of AmericanSyrians <p>AmericanSyrians.com was registered and launched on April 19, 2011. We hoped we would never reach the one year anniversary mark and never have to actually post updates this far removed from the beginning of the Syrian rally for freedom. Alas, here we are. Thirty million visitors later. Thank you all for following us and reading us! Keep spreading the word about the humanitarian and criminal disaster in Syria. The Syrian people need our help. Elected officials need to hear from us. Syria needs help. Syria needs an intervention in the worst way.</p> <p></p> <p>To date:&nbsp;</p> <p>15,000+ Killed<br />1000 Tortured to Death<br />200,000 Disappeared into the torture chambers and prisons<br />200,000 Displaced Refugees<br />1000 Children Killed&nbsp;<br />2000 Women Killed<br />70,000 Missing<br />200 Children Tortured to Death<br />600 Women Tortured to Death&nbsp;</p> <p>While the world continues to discuss, chat, and pass endless resolutions. THIS IS A MASSACRE! Kaddafi threatened a massacre, and we removed him from power without a single US soldier on the ground!</p> <p>Syria's Assad is not threatening to massacre his people. He actually is MASSACRING them! And all we can do is wax poetic and philosophize about this miniscule problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>President Obama, the blood of Syria's children is on your hands. Every day that goes by, every moment that you waste, every second that you take... innocent Syrians are being brutally killed, raped, tortured, electrocuted, decapitated, humiliated, killed, and abused in the most creative, inventive, and bizarre ways humanity has ever seen. What a shame. This is a blemish on our history that the world will not forget. Nor forgive.</p> <p>To our Syrian brethren, we apologize that we have not been more effective in bringing about an end to this woeful, miserable, tragic, and unnecessary situation! We pray that you will have it in your hearts to forgive us, for we won't forgive ourselves. We have failed you. But we will continue to work hard to remove this misery from your lives.&nbsp;</p> <p>We can never give you back your mother, your sister, your father, your uncle, your grandfather. We can never repay you for your sacrifice. Your blood. Your tears. Your orphans. Your handicapped bodies. Your missing limbs. Your emaciated genitals. Your virginity. Your childhood. Your innocence. Your country. All of this has been destroyed by this vicious monster of a dictator.</p> <p>You will stay strong! You will be steadfast! You will carry on the call for freedom and democracy! You will overcome! You will win! And most importantly, you will REBUILD!</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Reflections-One-Year-Anniversary-AmericanSyrians.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Reflections-One-Year-Anniversary-AmericanSyrians.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=9bdff8a0-88a6-4994-a0f1-37e1a3f22bfc Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:21:00 -0700 Obama Rape Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=9bdff8a0-88a6-4994-a0f1-37e1a3f22bfc 7 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=9bdff8a0-88a6-4994-a0f1-37e1a3f22bfc http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Reflections-One-Year-Anniversary-AmericanSyrians.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=9bdff8a0-88a6-4994-a0f1-37e1a3f22bfc Female Detainee Tells about Prison Torture in Syria <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">A letter written with the blood and tears of a female detainee in Syria's prison, translated by Sumayya...</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">We plead with the world, rescue us immediately.</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">How many letters have we written? Written with our groans and our tears&hellip; </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">We&rsquo;ve sent them with the breeze, in hopes that they&rsquo;d reach someone who would listen to them&hellip;</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">But we were unable to send our letters on paper, and so we sufficed to send our groans&hellip;</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">And we shrieked into the darkness of the night&hellip;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">But who can hear us as we are engulfed in darkness, and our voices cannot transcend these black walls and bars of steel.</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Our Lord bestowed mercy upon us, and we were able to send this letter, hoping to provide the world a glimpse of what is happening to us. We are those residing in the dungeons. We are experiencing all sorts of torture day and night. The thugs come to us in a drunken state&hellip;like savages&hellip;</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">If only they still tortured us the way they started off, by means of whips and electrocution. If only they let our sister catch her breath after being tortured as they robbed her of her chastity. If only we had died before we were forced to endure this and we had been forgotten&hellip;</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">The Virgin Mary asked for the same thing, without having undergone torture or the savageness of humankind, and in her womb she beheld a spirit from her Lord. So what should we say? What should we pray for?</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">We beseech the world to save us from our misery; we call with our loudest voices and with all of our wounds. With every fiber of our being we scream and cry, with every drop of blood. Every drop of sweat, every breath that we take pleads for a savior to come and rescue us.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">One woman asked for this, and many men responded. Here, we are hundreds of women being oppressed by vengeful tyrants. Hundreds are being tortured. In every instant, we are killed a thousand times, and yet we do not die.</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Is there no savior? Is there no savior? Is there no Muslim or Christian to save the women who are being oppressed? Oh God, to who should we direct our pleas?</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">We have been here for too long&hellip;for days and for months, and this time will be followed by months in which the blood of criminals will circulate in our veins and in our wombs. What should we do?</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Oh Lord, no one has answered us, so be merciful upon us.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">We do not want you to rescue us, but please break down the walls of our confines. Allow us to kill ourselves and kill that which lies in our bellies. We are no longer strong enough to bear that which resides inside of us. Neither day nor night can illuminate the darkness that encompasses our lives.</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Oh world, wake up, you&rsquo;ve been asleep for too long, you&rsquo;ve been asleep for too long, and here, we know no sleep.</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">Oh world, wake up, one day you will stand between the hands of your Lord, and He will ask you, what did you do?!</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What did you to help she whose purity was violated?</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What did you do to help she who went unconscious due to electrocution?</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What did you do to help she who was hung from the ceiling by her feet after her headscarf was torn off, and her clothes stripped off of her body, and was beaten with a heavy iron rod, and so she submitted her consciousness to her Lord, not knowing how many hours she remained in this state?</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What did you do oh Muslims when your sister was trapped within the confines of a wheel and was whipped repeatedly, causing her blood to flow, the soles of her feet to swell, causing her to lose her senses with no one there to save her?</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What did you do to help she whose husband was tortured and she pleaded with his blood and he did not respond, so she ripped her clothes off with grief.</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What did you for she who was driven to the hospital as she was between life and death after she was beaten and raped by twenty-six savage predators?&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What did you do? What did you do?</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left;">What will you respond? And how will you respond when you are still sleeping?</span></p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Female-Torture-Rape-Syria-Prison.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Female-Torture-Rape-Syria-Prison.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=516f668f-b128-43a6-88b4-d56831601a82 Sat, 24 Mar 2012 21:20:00 -0700 Rape Syria Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=516f668f-b128-43a6-88b4-d56831601a82 26 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=516f668f-b128-43a6-88b4-d56831601a82 http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Female-Torture-Rape-Syria-Prison.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=516f668f-b128-43a6-88b4-d56831601a82 Nightmare Escape from Syria <p>My parents fled Syria in 1980 to escape the prevalent political persecution at the time. Their first stop as fugitives was to Jordan, where they lived in a three-bedroom apartment with two other families. Despite the instability and uncertainty in their lives, they were consumed with a profound sense of gratitude to be alive. While their circumstances were difficult, my mother often reminisces about her days in Jordan with a smile. She remembers the graciousness of her friends and the undeniable unity she felt with other Syrians who had fled from their homeland. When my mother became pregnant with me, my parents moved to Saudi Arabia where my father had found a job. For the first time since their escape, my parents no longer had to worry about affording basic necessities such as food and clothes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Three years prior to my birth, my parents were newlyweds in Aleppo, Syria, and seemed to have a beaming future ahead of them. My mother was pregnant with my eldest sister and in medical school while my father was working as an engineer. What sparked a bond between my parents was their shared vision for political change in Syria. This vision was the thread that wove the fabric of their love. The ruthless dictator Hafez Al-Assad was president of Syria at the time and ruled the country with an iron fist. My parents were members of an opposition movement interested in political reform. When Assad learned of this underground movement, he responded by imprisoning thousands of men and women, most of whom did not have any political involvement. The president wanted to create a state of fear and suffocate any threat to his power.</p> <p>My father was imprisoned in 1979. My mother was pregnant with my eldest sibling at the time he was captured. The guards crammed him with so many prisoners he could hardly sit in his cell. In fact, the inmates took turns sleeping due to the limited space. Prisoners had regular interrogation sessions where guards took pleasure in torturing them with metal rods, whips and electrocution, demanding that the prisoners confess to their supposed crimes and give up the names of their friends and family members who were involved in the opposition.</p> <p>Over a year into my father&rsquo;s captivity, the unthinkable happened. One of the guards offered him an opportunity to escape. The oppression and unspeakable torture this guard witnessed everyday spurred in him the courage to risk his life to save seventeen men. The guard strategized an elaborate plan that allowed the men to escape their prison cell, marking a long and perilous journey to flee the country. Half the escapees, including the guard, did not make it out of the country and were eventually caught, viciously punished, and then killed.&nbsp;</p> <p>My father was one of the fortunate few who managed to cross the landmine-infested border into Jordan. He then organized a meeting time and place with my mother. By then, my mother had given birth to a baby girl whom she had to leave behind with her parents so as to protect her child from the grave danger ahead.</p> <p>While my parents understood the immense blessing of freedom God had granted my father, they ached for their daughter and lived in constant fear for their family members who remained in Syria. They knew they could never return to Syria and began searching for a new life. They traveled from country to country looking for stability.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the meantime, the persecution in Syria had worsened and Assad wanted to send a horrifying message to his people. In February of 1982, the same year that I was born, Assad ordered the murder of 50,000 residents of Hama, Syria. Journalists were banned from reporting in Syria so the massacre took place under a cover of darkness. Assad ensured that his people would live in constant fear and would not dare think of opposing him again. The shiver that ran down the spine of every Syrian after witnessing the Hama Massacre persisted for thirty years.</p> <p>The brutality of the Syrian government was so widespread that I have yet to meet a Syrian who has not been affected by it in some way. In my case, I would never meet my paternal grandfather. He was kidnapped by the Syrian secret police in the middle of the night while wearing his pajamas. The secret police interrogated him about the whereabouts of his son, then punished him with a bullet to the head for his son&rsquo;s crime of escaping from their clutches. One of my father&rsquo;s brothers suffered the same fate, while another of his brothers was imprisoned for fourteen years.</p> <p>Thirty years later the silence has been broken and the fear has been lifted with the rise of the Arab Spring. Many Syrians see the current uprising in Syria as a miracle. When the first statue of Assad was toppled my parents watched and re-watched the video in disbelief. Thousands of protesters in Syria have taken to the streets to demand freedom and they are ready to die for this cause. Unless, you've lived in Syria, you can't imagine how shocking and preposterous this revolution has been. People were afraid to say the president's name and now they were toppling his statue.</p> <p>So far, at least 10,000 protestors have been killed and many thousands are being tortured in jail cells at this moment. The jail cells are so full that the government has resorted to using schools and other public buildings to hold prisoners. Bashar Al-Assad, the son of Hafez Al-Assad and the current president of Syria, has taken evil to a new level by brutally killing hundreds of children and even resorting to torture of children as a scare tactic. In fact, the Syrian Revolution was sparked by fourth graders who had their fingernails pulled off for writing anti-government rhetoric on their school walls in Daraa. I am forever haunted by the pictures and videos of Hamza Al-Khatib, the 13 year old boy tortured to death for peacefully protesting. This young boy shares my last name. He could have been my brother.</p> <p>Today, my parents have a newfound hope that Syria will be free. Their hearts beat in unison with the Syrian people as my parents continue to participate in protests and opposition outside of Syria. While Syrians relive the nightmares of their past, this time there is hope for change. This time, the world is watching. Journalists are still banned from Syria, but the government cannot silence the cell phone cameras and social media pages of every day civilians who continue to document the brutality of the Syrian regime.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Assads can no longer coat the streets of Syria red with the blood of their own people without consequence. The Arab Spring has brought with it a new era that has no room for oppressive regimes. Patrick Henry put it best when he said, &ldquo;Give me liberty or give me death&rdquo;. The recent Arab revolutions reaffirm the power and universality of this principle over 200 years later.</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Nightmare-Escape-from-Syria.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Nightmare-Escape-from-Syria.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=17de3ec7-2f3d-48c0-9dd5-8e269671613f Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:01:00 -0700 Syria Torture Sana http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=17de3ec7-2f3d-48c0-9dd5-8e269671613f 49 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=17de3ec7-2f3d-48c0-9dd5-8e269671613f http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Nightmare-Escape-from-Syria.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=17de3ec7-2f3d-48c0-9dd5-8e269671613f Women Raped in Syria, Husband forced to watch <p>A new torture and humiliation tactic being reported by Syrians, is that the women would be gang raped and the husband would be forced to watch. If he tries to look away or close his eyes, he gets beaten. This has been reported by many who have escaped. Another similar method is torturing children in front of their parents and forcing them to watch. Including, burning the children alive. As the world watches and debates.</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Women-Raped-in-Syria-Husband-forced-to-watch.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Women-Raped-in-Syria-Husband-forced-to-watch.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=35865f53-9327-4b07-bdd9-a2c350e9a4f7 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:06:00 -0700 Rape Syria Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=35865f53-9327-4b07-bdd9-a2c350e9a4f7 33 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=35865f53-9327-4b07-bdd9-a2c350e9a4f7 http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Women-Raped-in-Syria-Husband-forced-to-watch.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=35865f53-9327-4b07-bdd9-a2c350e9a4f7 US risks missing out on Syria <p>No one can quite comprehend the Obama administration's hesitation regarding an intervention in Syria, but Obama risks missing out on the good will of the majority of Muslims and the majority of Christians in the Middle East. Obama is siding with Iran and Hezbollah, and not our allies in the region.</p> <p>Turkey, Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, and nearly every other nation in the Middle East are arming the Free Syria Army (the anti-Assad army), while Obama continues to discuss and buy Assad time to massacre more civilians. Obama will not be remembered kindly.</p> <p></p> <p>As it stands now, nearly 15,000 have died. The UN stopped counting in January 2012, when 9000 had already perished. But the activists on the ground say the number is really double or triple the official numbers, but they can't account for everyone.</p> <p>While the people of Egypt, Tunis, and Libya are grateful for the United States support and assistance, the people of Syria are still waiting. And being massacred while waiting. It's a slow, miserable, brutal, horrific, midieval death sentence. And Obama is complacent and guilty.</p> <p>Assad's army knows no bounds. They are systematically rounding up young girls for rape, men for execution and torture, and women for torture and eventual death. They have no mercy and are the most ruthless human beings humanity has seen.</p> <p>The longer the US waits on Syria, the more time Assad has to cleanse his country of young men, women, and children. We all know how this is going to end. Assad will be removed from power. But how much life must be lost? And why should the US appear as if we are helping Assad.</p> <p>President Bill Clinton's only regrets from his time in office were waiting too long to act in Rwanda and Serbia. We have a much more brutal and chaotic situation in Syria and it needs to end as soon as possible. We can prevent the next Rwanda, where over 800,000 people were mercilessly murdered in cold blood.</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/US-risks-missing-out-on-Syria.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/US-risks-missing-out-on-Syria.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=c5ca1962-9ff1-4f34-9157-6aa71395b58d Sat, 03 Mar 2012 15:34:00 -0700 Obama Rape Syria Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=c5ca1962-9ff1-4f34-9157-6aa71395b58d 1 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=c5ca1962-9ff1-4f34-9157-6aa71395b58d http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/US-risks-missing-out-on-Syria.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=c5ca1962-9ff1-4f34-9157-6aa71395b58d Why I am damn proud to be Syrian <p>Growing up the son of Syrian exiles is a unique experience that is unknown to the non-Syrian community; it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;smell but don&rsquo;t touch&rdquo; policy.</p> <p>Syria to me is like this mythical land of fantasies where everyone around me would tell me how great it was, but it was something I only dreamt of. The other Syrian kids would be able to go visit, spend time with their extended family, travel the great cities of Syria, indulge in the delicious foods, and just generally have a blast there. But why not me?</p> <p></p> <p>Why was I never allowed to visit my grandparents in Syria? Why was I never allowed to roam the streets of the Hamdiya market in Damascus? Or visit the citadel of Aleppo? Or watch the water wheels of Hama spin? Or visit the grave of Khalid Bin Waleed in Homs? Why was I never allowed to brag to friends about how I created mischief in a foreign land? Why me? Why was I barred from entering my homeland? The land of my forefathers.</p> <p>Why was I forced to go to countries other than Syria to visit my grandparents, aunts and uncles?</p> <p>I&rsquo;ll tell you why. It was because of one man, a defiant young man, who had the audacity to speak up about the atrocities that Hafiz al-assad was committing all over Syria. This young man, my uncle, dared to document some of the crimes the Assad regime of the 80&rsquo;s was carrying out. This bold young man, my uncle, was arrested. This courageous young man, MY uncle, was tortured. This brave young man, MY UNCLE, was beaten. This fearless young man, MY UNCLE AYMAN, suffered so much, all for saying the truth. And then, my uncle was disappeared. This Hero&rsquo;s family would forever be barred from entering Syria, lest they receive the same treatment he did.</p> <p>All this happened when I was still a baby. As I grew older my father&rsquo;s stories about our family olive grove became a distant mirage; you could only see it from far away, and never get close. My mother would always tell us stories about her parent&rsquo;s villa in Syria, and how lovely it was. It was all just stories, nothing tangible. I came to the conclusion I was only Syrian by name and I really had nothing to do Syria. My friends used to brag about their ethnicity but I had nothing to brag about.</p> <p>Why would I be proud to be from a place I have never been to? Why would I be proud to be a Syrian when, for over forty years, Syrians have been slaves to the Assad family. Why would I be proud to be from a place that didn&rsquo;t want me? Or wanted to hurt my family and me? I wanted nothing to do with it; I was done with Syria.</p> <p>Soon, when people would ask me, &ldquo;where are you from&rdquo;, I, knowing fully well &nbsp;what they were referring to, would say, Ohio. I no longer related to my Syrian heritage or culture. I was American, and that was it.</p> <p>I had forgotten the history of the Syrian people. I had forgotten who Syrians really were. I had forgotten the bravery of my forefathers. My forefathers were Saladin Al Ayoubi and Khaled bin Alwalid. How could you not be proud of ancestors like that? How could I have forgotten the great men that called themselves Syrian?</p> <p>And today, we have many great Syrian men and women. People like Abdul Basit Al Saroot, the soccer goalie turned revolutionary protest leader. I am proud to be from the same land that bore Ibrahim Qashoush, the author of the new Syrian national anthem, who was killed for his words. I&rsquo;m proud to speak the same dialect as Khaled abu Salah and Danny Abdul Dayem, citizen journalists, risking their lives to document the unspeakable crimes of Bashar al assad and his mafia. I&rsquo;m PROUD of courageous women like May Skaf and Fadwa Sulaiman, who left their acting careers to join the revolution.</p> <p>I am proud of all the men, women and children who are risking their lives every day, every hour, and every minute, to speak up against the sadistic dictator and his sadistic thugs. Free Syrians, you have shown the world what true valor and courage is. You should be proud!</p> <p>My uncle, Ayman, would have been part of this revolution had he been alive, or free. No one knows what happened to him, we have never heard whether he is alive or dead. He would be in his 50&rsquo;s today. Khalo Ayman, I am proud to be your nephew; you are my hero. I hope to meet you one day, in this life or the next.</p> <p>I am DAMN proud to be Syrian!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/khaled.abo.slah</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/abdulbaset.saroot</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/MaySkaf</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/fadwa.soliman1</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ibrahim-Qashoush/134697196620486</p> <p><img src="https://fbcdn-photos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/429726_10100174787336872_30120439_40716478_326279184_a.jpg" alt="" /></p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Why-I-am-damn-proud-to-be-Syrian.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Why-I-am-damn-proud-to-be-Syrian.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=842e2901-3faf-4a16-874c-eee33b60d49c Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:40:00 -0700 Aleppo Obama Photos Syria Torture Ammar http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=842e2901-3faf-4a16-874c-eee33b60d49c 26 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=842e2901-3faf-4a16-874c-eee33b60d49c http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Why-I-am-damn-proud-to-be-Syrian.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=842e2901-3faf-4a16-874c-eee33b60d49c Family Slaughtered Inside Home <p>A new video coming out of the city of Homs shows an entire family that was slaughtered inside their home. They were discovered 10 days later. A horrific scene unfolds. The father was killed away from the rest of the family, while they watched. Likely, he was humiliated and tortured in front of his wife and kids, then the wife and kids were scared into a corner and had their heads covered with hoods, then gunned down. This family was found, but their are hundreds of others that are yet to be discovered. Don't watch this video if you are at work:</p> <p></p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cp3Sn1CFVWw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Family-Slaughtered-Inside-Home.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Family-Slaughtered-Inside-Home.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=8cb50705-00a6-495b-97fa-6fb4e1d76c34 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 08:35:00 -0700 Obama Syria Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=8cb50705-00a6-495b-97fa-6fb4e1d76c34 19 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=8cb50705-00a6-495b-97fa-6fb4e1d76c34 http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Family-Slaughtered-Inside-Home.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=8cb50705-00a6-495b-97fa-6fb4e1d76c34 Violence Escalates in Syria's Deadliest Assault <p>To mark the 30 year anniversary of the Hama Massacre of February 1982, wherein Assad's forces leveled an entire town killing over 50,000 inhabitants, raping children, women, and boys, and torturing and inprisoning over 100,000 others, Assad (the son) sends his forces to the city of Hama to shell, bombard, rocket, and slaughter the inhabitants. The numbers aren't clear, but estimates put the true death toll at about 400, over 1500 injured, many of whom will die from their injuries, and another 3000 buried under rubble of collapsed buildings. Complete indiscriminate killing. Watch the interview on CNN from a man in Hama:</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/03/video-activist-more-than-200-syrians-killed-in-one-day/">http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/03/video-activist-more-than-200-syrians-killed-in-one-day/</a></p> <p>All this while the world mucks around trying to decide if this is ok or not.</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Violence-Escalates-in-Syrias-Deadliest-Assault.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Violence-Escalates-in-Syrias-Deadliest-Assault.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=74eca2ce-9cce-4be5-874c-538205d40152 Sat, 04 Feb 2012 08:18:00 -0700 Obama Syria Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=74eca2ce-9cce-4be5-874c-538205d40152 1 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=74eca2ce-9cce-4be5-874c-538205d40152 http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/Violence-Escalates-in-Syrias-Deadliest-Assault.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=74eca2ce-9cce-4be5-874c-538205d40152 More dismembered tortured bodies <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Utkal, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"> </span></p> <p>Zainab Alhusni was a poor seamstress in Syria. She was loved by all her neighbors and friends. In a tragic and horrific turn of events, she has become a symbol of the cruelty gripping Syria.</p> <p>Alhusni was only 18 when she stepped away from her Homs residence last month to buy groceries. Her family never again saw her alive. She was whisked away by Syrian security forces to coax the surrender of her activist brother, and ended up beheaded and dismembered, a neighbor, activists and human rights groups say. This is one of the most brutal and disturbing cases of torture in Syria to date.</p> <p></p> <p>Zainab Alhusni was a young female. She was kidnapped by Assad's regime and tortured to death. Charred body parts, melted limbs and fingers, burn marks all over her face, bruising all over her body, and a horrific ending. Her limbs were then chopped off one by one. Then her head was chopped off.</p> <p>A BBC reporter who was picked up by accident and sheltered in one of these torture chambers describes humans that were hanging from their ankles bleeding, bruised, frothing at the mouth and making sounds like beasts. They didn't sound human. He had never heard or seen such sounds.</p> <p>Syria continues to torture, kill, maime, and wage war on it's own people. The world continues to sit by and watch. Will this be Obama's Rwanda? Must 800,000 people die before NATO wakes up?</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/More-dismembered-tortured-bodies.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/More-dismembered-tortured-bodies.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=333eb642-799c-45e3-a810-2b4ef34ba6d2 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 22:57:00 -0700 Syria Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=333eb642-799c-45e3-a810-2b4ef34ba6d2 18 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=333eb642-799c-45e3-a810-2b4ef34ba6d2 http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/More-dismembered-tortured-bodies.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=333eb642-799c-45e3-a810-2b4ef34ba6d2 I cry and scream every time <p>He says, &ldquo;Sit down and hold your legs up in the air.&rdquo; And with no more preamble than that, he begins beating my feet, really hard with his stick. I jerk my feet down, but he shouts &ldquo;Put them up again!&rdquo; and I have to.</p> <p>There is no tyre this time to keep my feet in place. He beats me savagely, 20 or 25 slashes, and I am screaming, but I keep my feet up, because I know it will be worse if I don&rsquo;t. Even though I have gotten used to it, it doesn&rsquo;t make falaka any less violent or painful or agonizing.</p> <p>I scream and cry every single time. When I say I&rsquo;ve gotten used to it, I mean I&rsquo;ve gotten used to screaming and crying, not the pain. The pain is terrible, but I know its limits.</p> <p></p> <p>Read the full details of this poor 15 year old kid that was detained and tortured endlessly in Syria's prison system for "conspiracy and treason"</p> <p>http://syrianexile.wordpress.com/</p> http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/I-cry-and-scream-every-time.aspx info@americansyrians.com http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/I-cry-and-scream-every-time.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=1d18eeb3-4bcd-4b27-b39f-09972df78faf Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:22:00 -0700 Syria Torture Mohammed http://americansyrians.com/syria/pingback.axd http://americansyrians.com/syria/post.aspx?id=1d18eeb3-4bcd-4b27-b39f-09972df78faf 30 http://americansyrians.com/syria/trackback.axd?id=1d18eeb3-4bcd-4b27-b39f-09972df78faf http://americansyrians.com/syria/post/I-cry-and-scream-every-time.aspx#comment http://americansyrians.com/syria/syndication.axd?post=1d18eeb3-4bcd-4b27-b39f-09972df78faf