I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas; they are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere. – President Barack Obama, Cairo Address, June 4, 2009.
Dear Mr. President,
There is a reason why most people on this planet look up to the United States of America. There is a reason why even “opponents” line up, ever hopeful, at every U.S. Embassy in the world, for a chance at their own (American) dream. The United States of America was literally born as a cry for human rights, a shout for freedom, and a pledge to protect and enforce these two founding principles. And indeed the U.S. has delivered, having stood against and defeated every major form of tyranny on this planet. But some tyrants do remain, Mr. President.
Syria’s regime forces, led by President Bashar Assad are currently engaged in ethnic cleansing, mass rape, systematic torture (including infants) leveling cities on their inhabitants and, last but not least, using highly virulent nerve gas, causing mass civilian casualties – a “red line” you yourself have cautioned against. Dramatically, U.N. inspectors (now dubbed un-inspectors) were within a short driving distance.
The immediate result is obvious. Just like Darkness is the absence of Light, Evil wins when Good abstains ... and innocent lives are lost in Syria’s mass hecatomb, in the most horrific of ways, with the bodies piling up right in front of us, on every TV screen. Another consequence of the U.S. and the Free World’s inaction is the complete and thorough falling apart of every tenet they have stood for, proselytized, enforced and turned into acquired birth right.
Decades upon decades of cultural, social and political efforts, countless resources spent in preaching human values to developing nations, and then ... the teachers fail the test. Miserably. Yet (presidential) time is given to a cat’s predicament. It is already too late for more than 100,000 (increasing daily) dead. You could have done something for them Mr. President, but you did not. The massacre has been ongoing for two-and-a-half years.
There are many reasons, including legal ones, stopping you from doing what all U.S. presidents have done before you: ending tyranny and mass murder. None of these reasons were valid for them, and none should be valid for you. The very term “reason” says otherwise.
There are millions of other victims-in-wait in Syria. For them, there is still hope. That hope is that the commander in chief of the United States of America, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave,” will exercise his “duty to protect.”
In the name of God, in the name of Good, for the sake of humanity, we urge you. Do something.
Lebanese Forces Party