By Geoffrey Cook, TMO
Silicon Valley–Nr. San Jose Calif.
I. A Syrian-American Activist
Last spring a young Syrian-American activist conversed with me and several people here in Northern California about his natal country. His name shall be withheld upon these pages because of possible reprisals against his family.
It is a different if you come from one of those communities being repressed is your own. This young professional is one such who is afraid for his and his familyâ€™s lives and safety.
Winter feels like the [Arab] â€œSpring.â€ For, â€œYou can step on the flowersâ€¦but you canâ€™t stop the â€˜Spring!â€™
â€œâ€¦Assad [â€™s]â€¦son is following in his father [the preceding Chief Executive in Damascusâ€™] steps.â€
The people are going onto the streets to be slaughtered by the military.
The demonstrators are being jeered by the loyalists, â€œWhy donâ€™t you fight the Israeli rather than your own soldiers?â€ Yet there are secure borders between the Syrians and their neighbors.
II. The Arab League
As conscripts are dramatically deserting to form an armed disciplined rebel army, the specter of civil war looms similar to the phenomena from which Libya has just emerged; a fact-finding delegation from the Arab League enters The Syrian landscape.
Foreign Affairs journal, the foremost American research publication on contemporary U.S. external policy, describes the chair of that delegation, Sudanese General Mohammad Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, who brutally suppressed the Darfur unrest during his nationâ€™s long-simmering civil war — which was only just resolved with the establishment of the worldâ€™s officially newest republic, South Sudan — as the worldâ€™s worst human rights observer that one could conceive, but at a request I wrote to him anyway:
â€œâ€¦I urge your observation be conducted thoroughly and fairly.
I hope your report will be sincerely submitted to the Arab League with a copy to the United Nations.â€
III. Barrack Obama
Continuing along that line your writer received a rather frantic burst from Dr. Radwan Masmoudi of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington D.C. to contact (U.S.) President Barrack Hussein Obama over honing an American policy respecting the crisis within this most ancient of realms:
â€œâ€¦I am most concerned about the human rights tragedy unfolding in Syria.
â€œI am convinced that the leadership of the Arab Leagueâ€™s delegation there is questionable, but I believe that the League should be the chief arbiters for a solution, though. If not, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should become involved, too.
â€œA copy of the Leagueâ€™s report should be given to the United Nations (U.N.) upon completion, and, if the contents merit it, should be referred to the Security Council.
â€œIf any NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] action is required, we [the U.S.] should take a backseat [logistical support, etc.] because of our three recent interventions in Muslim-majority nations, and I, therefore, would, further, encourage you to urge the Turkâ€™s to take the lead in [any of] the Allianceâ€™s response although the legitimate aspirations of the Kurds for self-agency should be factored into this, also.
â€œâ€¦I am sure our country is pondering [on] how it may become a positive force in the crisis inside Syria.â€
Today, although the Arab Leagueâ€™s presence encouraged the central government to lessen its offensive, snipping from both remains a serious contention, and there are calls for the Arab Leagueâ€™s delegation to leave the country for their own safety, and due to the fact that they may be exacerbating the situation by giving too much unfounded hope to the rebels.
I urge any of my Muslim Observerâ€™s target readers to contact their elected representatives (if in an elected democratic State) on matters where the communityâ€™s interest intersect with the Stateâ€™s.
In the meantime, please pray for the Syrian people!