May 9, 2011
Honorable President Obama:
I know you receive millions of messages but I hope you will read this one.
I am writing to you today about the situation in Syria, the land of my forefathers.
As you are well aware, the Assad regime is engaged in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy advocates. I have also heard and read your statements on the situation there and I agree with everything you have said.
However, I feel you have not gone far enough. We are fighting a war (through NATO)in Libya based on the assumption that Ghadaffi was going to go house to house, door to door, room to room, and kill people. Well, Assad is already doing that in Syria and more people have died in the last 7 weeks than those that died in the Egypt uprisings.
I don't understand the reluctancy to call a spade a spade. Assad is NOT a reformer; he is a killer like his father. It's time we put an end to this madness, you need to tell him "it’s time to GO;” just like you did with Mubarak and Ghaddafi. He is just like them and probably even worse.
I know Syria doesn't have oil, and doesn't have a peace agreement with Israel, but the people of Syria are a great people who love American ideals. I have never been to Syria and I wish, that with your leadership, Syria can one day be free, and I can visit my grandfather's grave and read him a prayer. I wish to meet all my cousins that I have never seen. I wish to go to my grandfather’s olive garden, and run my fingers through its dirt. I wish to see the Citadel of Aleppo that holds great history in its stones. I wish to shop the Hamadiya bazaar in Damascus. I wish to hear the water wheels of Hama that fed water to inhabitants of thousands of years. And finally, I wish to visit the city of Daraa to find out what they eat that makes them the bravest, most courageous, people on earth!
Will you help my wishes come true?
Thank you dearly,