287,000,000 reasons to call or write President Obama, or your congressperson today.


“The president pointed to Syria as one battlefield where allies could work together to ease the crisis. He pledged to work with Congress to “ramp up support” for certain elements in the Syrian opposition who “offer the best alternative to terrorists and a brutal dictator.” 

Best alternative? Exactly who would that be?

“Separately, administration officials told The Associated Press that Obama and his team are weighing sending a limited number of U.S. troops to Jordan as part of a mission to train and equip certain moderate members of the Free Syrian Army.”

This is our governments idea of “bringing the troops home”?

“If Obama signs off on the Syria program, it would mark a significant boost in U.S. support to the rebels, who have repeatedly asked the U.S. for military help in their four-year-long war against the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Administration officials said there is still internal discussion at the White House about the merits and potential risks of the program, which would involved instructing carefully vetted members of the Free Syrian Army on tactics, including counterterrorism operations.”

Yes, let’s teach the Free Syrian Army to fight Al Qaeda. They’d better learn, and fast. As it stands, Al qaeda gets half their weapons in Turkey and Jordan, provided by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. They get the other half off of the bodies of the Free Syrian Army fighters that they kill inside of Syria. Ask a Syrian civilian which way he’d rather die, at the hands of a member of Al Qaeda, or the Free Syrian Army? With a weapon provided by Saudi Arabia, Qatar or the United States?

“The United States has spent $287 million so far…”

Only $287,000,000 so far.

Before the war, the Syrian government attacked and killed no one.  Syria had one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and the people had safety and the freedom that comes with it.

Here’s an idea, I’m just gonna throw this out there. How about the US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar NOT attack a sovereign nation with the sole purpose of unseating the existing government? How about the Syrian people get to decide who their leader is, whether any other government in the world likes it or not? If we stop sending arms to fighters in Syria, how long would it take for the Syrian government to completely win the war they have always been winning, and restore peace and order to the Syrian people?

About LeilaPiazza

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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