Target: U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Goal: To stop funneling weapons and intelligence to Syrian rebels that are inadvertently getting into the hands of radical Islamists
The Syrian War has already taken more than 25,000 lives. The United States had decided to help the Syrian rebels by sending them military weapons and communication devices, but found out that most of their weaponry had gone to radical Islamist groups instead. Sign the petition below asking the United States government to stop sending military weaponry and help to those that want to kill us.
Syria has been engaged in a major civil war since March 2011. The current Ba’ath Party government headed by President Bashar Assad is fighting various groups of Syrian rebels that want to overthrow it. This civil war is part of the larger Arab Spring uprising that has been happening across the Arab world since December 2010, which has been marked by civil uprisings, protests, marches and demonstrations against oppressive and corrupt dictatorships. Unfortunately, their protests have been met with extreme violence from the governments that they have been protesting, with Syria being no exception.
In April of 2011, the Syrian Army was deployed and opened fire on civilians. Months of military sieges followed afterwards, with the protests eventually turning into an armed rebellion. Rebel forces mainly consisted of defected soldiers and civilian volunteers. The groups grew larger and became armed, with some receiving weaponry and aid from foreign sources. Unfortunately, there was and still is no cohesive factor to unite all of the opposition forces; most of the groups are fractured and working independently of each other.
The U.S. aided the Syrian rebels by funneling light weapons (grenades and rifles) and communications equipment through both Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The U.S. is hoping that overthrowing President Assad’s regime will lead to a more stable, democratic Syrian government. But intelligence reports show that the weaponry and equipment is falling into the hands of extreme Islamic jihadists, the very people that want to destroy the U.S. Sign the petition and tell the U.S. government to stop aiding extremist organizations, even if it is by accident.
Dear Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta,
The current civil war in Syria is extremely volatile, with the death toll rising to over 25,000 people in just under two years. The U.S. government’s decision to aid the Syrian rebels has backfired, with many of the weapons, equipment, and intelligence falling into the hands of Islamic jihadists. Please withdraw all of your support to the Syrian rebels and stop sending them weapons and equipment.
America is still healing from the tragic events of Septemeber 11, 2001. Wars have been fought, lives lost and many tears shed. Is it wise for the U.S. government to spend more resources, time, and money in another overseas war? Though the U.S. may have good intentions in trying to help overthrow a very oppressive and corrupt regime, intelligence reports show that most of the aid was funneled to Islamic extremists that want to destroy the U.S. and others. Inadvertently aiding any jihadists at this point seems unwise, and would result in a more unstable government should President Assad’s regime get toppled.
Please re-evaluate and reconsider the U.S. government’s current position to continue sending aid to Syrian rebels. Thank you for your time.
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