Target: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Representatives of the Free Syrian Army
Goal: For both the Syrian army and the Syrian rebels to cease fighting during the upcoming Muslim holiday
Next week begins the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, and leaders around the world are calling on both sides in the Syrian conflict to cease fighting during the holiday, if not beyond. Recently, both Turkey and Germany joined in the call for a ceasefire, and not a moment to soon: activists in Syria have reported that in recent days they’ve seen some of the worst aerial bombardments by the Syrian army against rebel-occupied areas. Also, the U.N. envoy is scheduled to meet with Syria’s foreign minister in the next few days, and he will discuss, among other things, the proposed ceasefire. Help encourage both sides to end the fighting during the upcoming holiday.
The secretary general of the U.N. and the Arab league have called on the Syrian government and the rebels to listen to the U.N. envoy when he visits this week and makes his plea to both sides to agree to a suspension of hostilities. The Turkish foreign minister weighed in on the matter saying, “It is especially important for the Syrian regime, which has launched bombs on its people with planes and helicopters, to halt these attacks immediately and without preconditions.” Germany’s foreign minister calls this opportunity for a ceasefire a “humanitarian glimmer of hope” for Syria. This sort of talk has yet to have an effect on the conflict as both sides have ignored past calls for ceasefire; however, perhaps the backdrop of the upcoming holiday will make this time different.
It is estimated that over 33,000 Syrians have died during the conflict, which began in the spring of 2011. It would appear that the violence is escalating as the Assad regime is now conducting daily heavy aerial bombardments of rebel-held towns. Humanitarian organizations are also now accusing the rebels of war crimes as this conflict pushes on with no foreseeable resolution on the horizon. The push for a new ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha holiday could work and perhaps spur both sides onto some sort of resolution. At the moment, it is the only real hope for a ceasefire. Please help support the effort to convince both sides in this conflict to observe the upcoming holiday in peace.
To Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and leaders of the Free Syrian Army,
We are writing to make you aware that the ongoing conflict in your country is something that affects many beyond your immediate borders. The whole world is watching in horror as the fighting between both sides continues on after a year and a half. It is estimated that over 33,000 Syrians have died as a direct result of the fighting between your armies.
If the distance ideologically between both sides is too great for immediate peace then we ask that you listen to the calls for ceasefire that have been made by many leaders around the globe and let both sides observe next week’s Eid al-Adha holiday in peace. There is no reason that something that means so much to all parties involved in this conflict can’t be respectfully and peacefully observed. It won’t cost either side anything.
If nothing else, do this for the innocent citizens caught between the two armies. They deserve the right to observe the holiday free from bloodshed and fear. They deserve so much more than you are giving them. We urge you to please cease all fighting and hostilities during Eid al-Adha.
[Your Name Here]
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