Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Thank President Obama for finding diplomatic solutions to the recent stand-off with Syria
The civil war in Syria has blurred a lot of lines between those who are fighting for the good of the people and those who are fighting for self-interest. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime is guilty of terrible crimes against its own people; unfortunately the rebel forces fighting against Assad’s regime are also guilty of terrible crimes against the people. Assad’s regime is oppressive and totalitarian, which is what caused the rebellion, but much of the rebel forces are made up of Muslim extremists who are in favor of an equally oppressive theocratic government. The point is that neither side of the civil war wants a democracy, and the crimes against humanity are comparable from each side.
The Obama administration recently threatened military intervention in Syria, by taking sides with the rebels and taking a stand against Assad. It was already clear at the time that supporting the Syrian rebels amounted to supporting the Taliban and other terrorist organizations, but the Obama administration contended that it was more important to oust Assad. The American people were very much against military action in Syria; opinion polls indicated that the vast majority of Americans wanted to avoid another war in the Middle East at all costs. Luckily, in talks with Russia, an ally of the Syrian regime, the Obama administration was able to come to a diplomatic agreement with Assad. Assad handed over a supply of chemical weapons, and the U.S. agreed not to intervene with the military.
Although tensions came uncomfortably close to starting another American war in the Middle East, Obama and his administration had the sense and the courage to find non-violent solutions to this problem. By coming to a diplomatic agreement, Obama has prevented what could have been a long and bloody war that in the end could have benefited terrorist organizations more than the oppressed Syrian people. We would like to thank the Obama administration for its diplomacy, and for keeping the U.S. out of another war.
Dear President Obama,
We would like to thank you and your administration for your recent agreement with the Syrian government, for using diplomacy instead of violence in a tense and confused situation. The American people were strongly against military intervention in Syria, and we thank you for listening to us. Taking chemical weapons out of Assad’s hands was a good cause, and we are greatly relieved that it could be done diplomatically.
Americans and people around the world lament the bloody civil war in Syria, but we understand that foreign military intervention will only lead to more violence. Both sides of this war are guilty of crimes against humanity, and it is not America’s nor any other nation’s place to choose one side or the other. We hope that the Obama administration can continue to push Syria in the right direction with diplomacy instead of war. We thank you for coming to a peaceful solution.
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