Why Syria Matters to Americans

by John Mak May 21, 2011

To the average American, Syria is some third world country with a despotic dictator who is slaughtering his own people. Why should we care? Doesn't this happen everywhere? Isn't this happening in South America, Subsaharan Africa, Cambodia, North Korea, and Iran every day? Why should Americans care?

There are a number of reasons why Americans should care about Syria.

1. The Syrian regime (the ruling Assad family, and not the people of Syria) are highly toxic to freedom and democracy. Further, the world would be a safer place without them on all fronts. Americans would be safer and we won't have to worry about 911-like attacks.

2. The Syrian regime (not the people) supports Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. All of these organizations are on the terrorist organizations list. All of them want to kill Americans. Syria was a part of the Axis of Evil, along with Iran and North Korea. They support nuclear arms in Iran and North Korea. This is bad news for everyone.

3. Syria allowed Hezbollah and other terrorists to cross into Iraq to kill American troops. This in itself is enough!

4. Syria supports Iran. The highly anti-American regime in Iran has one single friend in the Middle East. That friend is Syria. If the Syrian regime is ousted, and a new regime takes over, Iran will lose it's legitimacy and power. Iran stands against our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran stands against democracy and freedom. Iran has a nuclear weapons program. We do not want Iran to have more clout and more power in the Middle East. A new regime in Syria is unlikely to be as friendly with Iran.

5. Syria is a sworn enemy of the United States and Israel. When our close ally and friend Mubarak was coming under pressure to resign, we quickly asked him to go. But when a sworn enemy, in Assad, comes under pressure we allow him to do as he pleases? This makes no sense and is a contradictory policy. Assad needs to go. The sooner, the better. The United States needs to have clear objectives and clear goals. We support freedom and democracy. We abhor despotism and oppression.

6. The terrorist organization Hamas has a headquarters in Damascus with the blessing of Assad. This is insane. Why harbor terrorists? 

7. Any alternative regime can only be better. Syria's rulers hate the United States and Israel, stand with Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Have killed our troops in Iraq and are helping Iran create nuclear weapons, instead of focusing on their own economy and people. Any alternative is better than this. It can't get any worst. We may as well stand with the people on the streets and gain their friendship and good grace. One of them will rule Syria one day.

8. Syria is in a strategic location globally. It borders, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Iraq, and Lebanon. A new regime in Syria will be essential for world relations and world peace. We have to make sure we support them and that we are their friends. Assad's regime has been anti-American and anti-Israel since the beginning of time. We tried playing nice with them, and it didn't work. Regime change is welcome and they will probably like us.

9. The Middle East is changing quickly. Regardless of what happens, it will never be the same. What we do now, will affect what people in the Middle East think of the United States for many years to come, perhaps the next 50 years. We need to be on the side of democracy, freedom, and justice. We can't risk being viewed as supporters of despotic dictators. It's important to have a favorable view. And it's trhe right thing to do. We can no longer afford having a hypocritical and inconsistent world view. The youth and future generations that will run the Middle East are very educated and will not be satisified with hypocritical and inconsistent world views. You either stand for freedom, justice, and democracy, or you don't!

10. The Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden ideology is slowly withering away and the highly sophisticated youth of the Middle East are taking over. They are proponents of democracy, freedom, and social justice. We need to champion their cause and adopt it. The people on the streets already view the United States as a world leader on many fronts; socially, economically, and even our popular culture permeates their daily lives. It's important to be consistent and support justice and freedom when we can.

11. We are leaders. The United States is viewed as a moral compass and a world leader. We can't be wrong and support all the wrong causes and wrong people. That's not what leaders do. That's what weak and pathetic people do. We need to stand up for justice, equality, freedom, advancement, liberty, and democracy. We need to make our stance clear and we should be as supportive as we can.

Please contact the White House and elected officials using our quick forms to let them know that you care about the outcome of Syria and that you want the United States to take a stronger stance in supporting freedom and democracy in Syria.

Use Congress.org to contact your elected officials.

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Ahmad
Ahmad United States
5/26/2011 12:51:07 AM #

you dont get americans on your side by calling syria a terrorist country and it supports terrorist orginizations . . . syria is and will always be an enemy to israel!!! with or without al-asad!!! non of your points say anything about why syrian americans want bashar al asad to leave it states points on why american-americans would want bashar to leave!!! so please change the name of the website from american syrians to american americans. and no one asked you to represent the syrian americans we have communities and orginizations to do that

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Nasr
Nasr United States
5/26/2011 6:14:07 AM #

One day, my youngest son came back from his school to me , saying that his teacher told the class that the USA president term is four years, and if the president had  perfectly preformed his term, he could be candidate to be re-elected for second term…… then my son shelled his naive question : how long the Syrian president term…. And for how many term could the Syrian president be re-elected ……? And I answered him ……..  he did not satisfied ,  he surprised me  followed by his next question : is there no
educated , qualified people to be candidates and elected for presidency ….?  

Dear Ahmad ( and this my son’s name ) would  you answer my kid’s questions  to know why the Syrian people want Bashar Al-Assad to leave ….or ………..I let my little kid ask you more question to Understand why Syrian people want Bashar Al-Assad to leave

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Ahmad
Ahmad United States
5/26/2011 12:55:17 AM #

points 9) the USA has been supporters of despotic dictators, they brought sadam hussain to power, they supported hafez alasad (bashar's father) they supported hosny mubarak. the USA likes to go along with anyone that comes along

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Nasr
Nasr
5/26/2011 6:59:12 AM #

Dear Ahmad , I am sure that you a high educated person ,  your question is a strew but it will not save the drowned Assad’s regime in the blood of his own Syrian people, or justify its cruelty
You are right, the US has interests, not friendship. It also not the guardian angel for the   Syrian or Iraqi  people  If they do not ask  for their rights by themselves ,  but it  will not stand a barrier in front of  their inspiration and  their legitimate demands for   human rights  and that is what have been trying to achieve by permissible channels, and diplomatic ways first in I Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya , and now in Syria.

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Nasr
Nasr United States
5/26/2011 4:05:11 AM #

Really ,  it is the best analysis I have ever read   it hits the right cords in American interests  ,    Syria under democratic leadership could be the front line bore  The Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden ideology
  In middle east , Iwish the US political leader fully understand Why should Us care about Syria

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Nasr
Nasr United States
5/26/2011 4:15:43 AM #

Really ,  it is the best analysis I have ever read,   it hits the right cords in American interests  ,    Syria under democratic leadership could be the front line before  The Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden ideology   In Middle east , I wish  The  US political leader fully understand why should  The US care about Syria

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Nasr
Nasr
5/26/2011 6:22:40 AM #

One day, my youngest son came back from his school to me , saying that his teacher told the class that the USA president term is four years, and if the president had  perfectly preformed his term, he could be candidate to be re-elected for second term…… then my son shelled his naive question : how long the Syrian president term…. And for how many term could the Syrian president be re-elected ……? And I answered him ……..  he did not satisfied ,  he surprised me  followed by his next question : is there no
educated , qualified people to be candidates and elected for presidency ….?  

Dear Ahmad ( and this my son’s name ) would  you answer my kid’s questions  to know why the Syrian people want Bashar Al-Assad to leave ….or ………..I let my little kid ask you more questions    to Understand why Syrian people want Bashar Al-Assad to leave........or you prefer Daraa’s children to ask you….. Why  were they arrested , tortured   and killed by the hands of  Bashar ‘ security forcers which  their job to protect not  to kill.....?

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Rafif Jouejati
Rafif Jouejati United States
5/26/2011 3:24:03 PM #

The world, overall, is becoming a more civilized place. The brutality of the Assad regime in Syria has not caught on to the growing "trend" of freedom of expression and assembly. A massive humanitarian and economic crisis is developing in Syria, and responsibile members of the world community have a responsibility to take action.

And to Ahmad, there's no harm in being both American and Syrian. We don't have to buy into your anti-American bias to retain our Syrian heritage. It's great that you can use this forum to express your opinion. Guess what? You're free to disagree and you don't risk getting jailed or killed. Ahmad, why does an opposing opinion threaten you?

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