I will start out by saying I am a supporter of President Obama and voted for him in both elections. I have been very patient with him and overlooked some of his policies that harmed civil liberties and his lack luster handling of the economy when I voted for him. I was also concerned about his foreign policy most notably his handling of the situation in Syria, but I told myself he knows things I don't know and he has to try to find a way to win the people over before he calls for direct action in Syria. I have this fanciful notion that President Obama will have learned from his mistakes in his first term and not repeat them in a second term. I realize the President has his hands full with the fiscal cliff discussions, proposals, and compromises, so I understand he can not devote as much time to foreign policy at the moment. I also realize the American people as a whole are not where many of us Free Syria activist and human rights activist are on the issue of Syria. Many American's to be honest have not been paying much attention and don't seem to care that much about what is happening in Syria or do care but feel powerless to do anything about it.
I and a number of others on Newsvine and elsewhere have been trying to win the hearts and minds regarding Syria. While we have had some success and new converts to the cause for human rights and freedom in Syria we have been to say the least disappointed with our lack of having a major impact on public opinion. We have appeared to win over some within the media establishment and government officials both foreign and domestic which is a major achievement but we know from history if the people are not supportive and pushing their leaders for action nothing will happen. I do not wish to suggest I had a big role in this success, there are people far more committed to the cause and deserving then I to be credited for winning the hearts and minds, but I think I have moved some hearts and minds on these issues.
The real heroes are those that die on the front lines fighting for human rights and freedom within Syria. They give up their life to fight the Assad regime trying to stop them from hurting more of their fellow countrymen. They are shot with automatic weapons, tortured to death in Syrian prisons, and risk everything so that others may live. There was one video where a young man is being savagely kicked by Syrian officials to such a point it caused major bodily injury. Still when he was presented with a picture of Bashar al-Assad by the Syrian officials for him to show respect to he spit upon it. His act of defiance may have seemed minor to him at the time but it has caused many to find the courage to stay true even under the most terrible of circumstances. Another story a young man was tortured in the most cruelest of ways and beaten to death by thugs in Assad's army simply because he protested non-violently against the Assad regime. Bashar can kill a young man but he can not kill his desire for freedom and human rights, he can not kill the human mind and spirit, he can not kill a movement that burns within the hearts of the Syrians from the very young to the very old.
I tell all the people of Syria in spite of the evil within the Assad regime and terrorist thugs the good that exist in Syria is stronger then any such evil and will conquer evil in the end. Evil can not forever endure, tyranny will falter, and cruelty and savagery will give way to compassion and love for one's fellow humanity. The people who have fallen in Syria fighting for freedom, human rights, and dignity do not fall in vain. Their blood that was spilled shall be avenged by history and coming events. Many of us in this world stand with all those that suffer and have suffered in Syria. Know even in your darkest hour there is people both within Syria and abroad who fight the good fight even when you can fight no more. When you are pushed down there will be people to help you up, when you are wounded there will be people to tend to your wounds, when your heart and soul is broken there will be people who will help heal them, when you are afraid there will be people to give you courage, when you are too afraid to speak there are people who will speak for you. Do not think you are alone and forgotten in this world even when you see no one around for there are people elsewhere who stand with you. Do not give into vengeance and become like the savage regime you attempt to defeat but stay noble and you will be stronger to fight the regime because of it. The regime will soon fall and the house of Assad shall come crumbling down and disappear into the pages of history as being remembered as one one of the cruelest regimes in history. For Bashar al-Assad's legacy will be he and his regime will be ridiculed, rejected, and despised by generations to come and never will his regime be seen as anything but terrible. Take heart what Bashar and his regime has sown they shall also reap.
I am asking President Obama and the world to forget about waiting for red lines to be crossed. Bashar al-Assad and his regime have already crossed a red line when they declared war on their own people. They crossed a red line when they tortured and murdered young men and boys for protesting against the regime, they crossed a red line when they slaughtered women and young children in Houla and other places throughout Syria, they crossed a red line when they raped at Syrian state police headquarters young women and girls, they crossed a red line when they broke into Syrian homes and killed all the occupants inside from the very young to the very old, they crossed a red line when they threated the use of chemical weapons. They have crossed so many red lines I have lost count. Bashar al-Assad needs to be hewn down from his throne of lies, torture, and murder and his regime needs to go along with him. No more feet dragging and political solutions, a political solution at this point is pure fantasy. We must use force to topple this evil tyrant and his regime even though no one including myself want another war. Yes we must do so carefully, do everything in our power to avoid civilian and rebel casualties, and have diplomatic channels open, but we must act now there is no more time for being indecisive. The death toll has crossed the 42,000 mark and I sure as hell don't want to wait until it gets to 50,000 before we act. Why even give Assad a chance to use chemical weapons, instead of forcing him out of power now? Using the idea of peace to avoid acting on ending one of the worst genocides in modern times is not an act of peace but a display of great indifference to the suffering of human beings. Yes I am calling for war and I know I will be attacked mightily for doing so, but if war is what it takes to bring down this heartless regime then so be it. If you are against this then give a valid alternative that will actually stop this genocide rather then attack me as is usually the case. Yes some will necessarily have to die so that others may live, and I agree war is always an evil even when necessary, but this regime must be brought down!