For Immediate Release
Resistance enters a new phase in Syria as Free Syria Army bravely takes action
Syrian opposition needs support of the free world and especially the White House to secure freedom for all Syrians
PHOENIX (November 18, 2011) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and co-founder of Save Syria Now! issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Syria:
“After over eight months and more than 3500 innocents dead and tens of thousands tortured, imprisoned, or displaced democracy activists and the opposition in Syria have escalated action with their attack on Syrian military installations The use of the military option had been delayed for as long as humanly possible, but they really have no other choice at this time. Their towns and families are being destroyed and it seems that Assad and his henchmen are only digging in more.
The people of Syria have a moral obligation to defend themselves from the murderous Assad regime and it’s military. The actions of the Free Syria Army against multiple military installations of the rogue Assad regime signal a significant shift from the predominantly peaceful protests that have dominated the uprising. The defectors from the Assad military know better than any other Syrians that Assad’s chief military thugs will never walk away and will only leave by force. The Free Syria Army (FSA) had the character to publicly post on Facebook what they did and why. They sought to strike fear into Assad’s military while disabling the intelligence operations of the outposts they attacked.
The moral dilemma for the opposition has always been that despite the righteousness of a civil war against the Assad military, Assad’s corrupt generals will now use armed engagement of the FSA as a license to exact even greater wanton violence against the people of Syria. We have always warned that the Syrian Revolution was a one-way street, a path of no return, for the activists and certainly for military defectors. Time will show, but in a nation whose entire citizenry does a mandatory period of at least two years in the military, this erupting civil war is not going to be one-sided. While Assad’s forces are far better armed the FSA is growing and fueled by righteousness in the face of evil. We hope and pray that they get the support they need in arms, finances, and technology. Now is the time for the free world and especially the White House to support the opposition in any way possible.
Even larger scales massacres are sure to follow and all out civil war may not be far off depending upon the rapidity of further defections and the ability of the free world to provide operational support. The attacks this week do not seem to be widespread but they are sure to slowly become so as the FSA gains confidence, resources, and witnesses the response of the Assad regime. The Syrian people have no other means by which to rid themselves of the most treacherous regime on earth. Assad and his military will not stop until every Syrian citizen who dreams of freedom is either murdered, tortured, or imprisoned. After eight months, no one can believe the Syrian people have not exhausted every one of the non-military options available to them. Without external help, our families have known for generations that the only way to rid themselves of their oppressors is through a revolution not only against the government but against Assad’s military. Syrian honor has been awakened. It will not go back to sleep until Assad and his thugs are put to sleep.”
About Save Syria Now!
Save Syria Now! is a group of Americans of Syrian descent organizing to put pressure on the United States to call for immediate action to be taken against the regime of Bashar Assad of Syria and to bring true liberty to the people of Syria. We stand with the Syrians protesting in the streets to end the tyranny of the Assad family. For more information please visit our website at http://www.savesyrianow.org/.
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The Center for American Progress (CAP) recently issued a 132 page report entitled “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” (pdf). The report’s supposed objective is to “expose-and marginalize-the influence of the individuals and groups” that CAP claims are a part of an “Islamophobia network in America.” The report was immediately seized upon by many Muslim organizations and enablers on the political left as well as the Iranian government’s Press TV as proof positive of the victimhood of American Muslims.
ty”. While the Black Panther Party certainly represents a segment of the African American Community, it does not by any means represent the broad African American Community. Neither political party would accept an assertion that they did. And while Islamists like to look upon Muslims as a political party, in the American context where mosque and state are separate, the reality is media and government should be looking for Muslims who do not attempt to hijack our community for a political or partisan agenda. OurAmerican Islamic Leadership Coalition has over 15 organizations represented which provide diverse alternatives to these monolithic Islamist groups. But the CAP cared little to get the opinion of any in our coalition. Why? Because we do not fit the Islamist narrative about who is and who is not a respected Muslim leader.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Obama Administration unable to acknowledge the threat of Islamists in the Middle East
As the Middle East stands before a tipping point, the United States needs to provide leadership towards liberty and freedom and away from the Muslim Brotherhood
PHOENIX (November 8, 2011) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) issued the following statement regarding the statements from the US Department of State on the acceptability of Egypt being run by the Muslim Brotherhood:
“Remarks made on November 4 by US Special Adviser William Taylor, the State Department’s special coordinator for Middle-East transitions, regarding the likely victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptian parliamentary elections, demonstrate a dangerous lack of appreciation for the negative impact of Islamism upon their nations and upon global security and peace. While preferring to stay out of the ideological battle going on within emerging democracies in the Middle East, the Obama Administration ends up ushering in the strongest horse while compromising core American principles of universal human rights. The administration’s positive attitude towards Islamists gives them a legitimacy which empowers their ascendancy and violates our own advocacy for the genuine ideas of liberty and freedom.
When asked what the United States reaction would be to a Muslim Brotherhood victory, Taylor said ‘I think we will be satisfied, if it is a free and fair election.’ He continued by stating, ‘What we need to do is judge people and parties and movements on what they do, not what they’re called.’
There is no mystery about who the Muslim Brotherhood is in Egypt or who the Ennahda party is in Tunisia. The ideological position of these Islamist movements is well documented and completely open for anyone to read and it is in direct contrast to the founding principles of the United States and the United Nation’s principles of Universal Human Rights no matter which way the Islamists try to spin their platforms. Taylor’s inability to recognize that does not bode well for the change we all hope comes to the Middle-East or for the soft power which the United States has maintained for so long with secular advocates of liberty in these now emerging nations. If the Islamists ascend we will have facilitated quasi-theocracies. If they do not, we will have alienated the secularists who are our natural allies. The United States needs to provide principled leadership that supports groups and organizations that will be focused on bringing the people of Egypt true freedom. We cannot provide support to Islamists whose ideological positions ultimately see the world through a lens which is Islamo-centric and in direct conflict with western secular democracies.
The Middle-East is now at a tipping point and its peoples are going to be a lot more open for change towards secular freedom now than if Islamists were to take hold and set into motion Islamist inspired constitutions and legal systems. The people of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt marched in the streets this past Spring and in the case of Libya fought a bloody civil war to bring freedom to their people. The Islamists are winning elections in these countries, not because they are the most preferred, but because they are the largest and most politically organized bloc. The remainder of the secular groups are so numerous and fractionated that they are rendering themselves ineffective to the Islamists. Without a concerted effort from our government to take the side of liberty-minded secularists in the ideological battle on the ground, we will have lost our greatest opportunity in a generation to bring the people of the region real freedom and bring true national security to the West from the threats of Islamist terror.
Taylor’s assertion that ‘As long as parties, entities do not espouse or conduct violence, we’ll work with them,’ continues to subscribe to a dangerously myopic vision that believes that “violent Muslim=bad” and “non-violent Muslim = good.” Violence is merely a symptom of the broader problem. The continued use of this dangerous theory open’s the gate to continued ideological breeding of a radical Islamist militancy that ends in violence and will allow the Middle East to exchange one fascism for another. Just because the Muslim Brotherhood or Ennahda is not preaching violence today does not mean that they are organizations that the United States should be supporting. Just because they come to power legitimately does not mean that they will establish governments rooted in equal access, pluralism, universal human rights. We need leadership in Washington with the ideological backbone to advocate within these countries for governments that embrace values that every free human being desires rather than Islamism which is supremacist. Elections are not the victory. Freedom for these nations will never come from the Muslim Brotherhood or any other organization that sees an Islamist form of governance as the solution. Theocracy breeds corruption and oppression. We cannot be seen by the people of these countries as supporting yet another regime that will put yet another yoke around their necks.
Let us use the documents that founded our Republic as our guiding principles in how we deal with the transitions in these countries and who we should and should not support. Supporting non-violent Islamists in today’s Middle East is like supporting non-violent communists during the Cold War of the 20th century. Let the United States be the advocate for freedom for all of these people as we were at the fall of the Soviet Union.”
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