Target: President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
Goal: Urge Syrian government to put an end to civil war
Syrian civilians have lived in fear for nearly three years as one of the most savage civil wars in decades ravages their cities, homes, businesses and livelihoods. What started out as an act of brutality — the dentition and torture of school children who were caught spray painting graffiti teeming with anti-government language in a neighboring city, has evolved into an uncontrollable and dire conflict. In the midst of peace talks, President al-Assad seemed pleasantly apathetic to the death and destruction of nearly 100,000 men, women and children, as well as the millions of other displaced Syrians.
So far, the atrocities are relentless and equally as upsetting: protesters gunned down in broad daylight, beheading, mass killings and a singing activist and protestor whose vocal cords were carved out after being detained and tortured. According to Human Rights Watch, the Syrian civil war is the most ferocious since the Balkan and Rwandan wars in the 1990s. With so many people killed in such a short amount of time, one would expect a moral and humane effort to end such bloodshed. But, in a recent Geneva II conference Syria’s team insisted that President Bashar al-Assad would remain in power, despite pleads from countless government officials and US Secretary of State John Kerry who stated “There is no way – no way possible in the imagination – that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern.”
This civil war is an obvious attack against civilians as President al-Assad’s regime drops chemical weapons on entire communities of innocent people, slaughtering women and children. What’s more is that the regime is even denying food and medical supplies to enter certain communities. While families starve, neighboring regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia, continue to supply weapons, cash and other supplies to soldiers and fighters.
Innocent Syrian civilians need to be relieved from this ignorant and tyrannical war. Their homes are not battlefields; their men, women and children nearly victims of radical political beliefs and an all too indifferent president. Sign this petition to demand a ceasefire of the civil war in Syria and urge President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Dear President Bashar al-Assad,
Three years have passed since the beginning of this pointless civil war and instead of using your power to put an end to such brutality you’ve abused it — turning the conflict into one of the most cruel and murderous wars since Rwanda in 1990. The fact that you’ve chosen to attack your own people says a lot about your character. You are a callous, sorry excuse for a leader with an infinite amount of blood on your hands and ripe impassivity.
As peace talks endure, I hope you truly see the error in your ways and somehow discover some semblance of humanity. I urge you to step down from your presidency and relieve the Syrian people of tyrannic rule and unnecessary loss.
[Your Name Here]
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