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Now, Obama is warning Syria about deadly violence

Syrian TV Screengrab protests in Daraa see 3 more killed 4-8-11

President Obama's statement on Syrian violence, as provided by the White House

I strongly condemn the abhorrent violence committed against peaceful protesters by the Syrian government today and over the past few weeks. I also condemn any use of violence by protesters.Egyptians protest in support of Syria with banner saying God, Syria & Freedom only 4-8-11

The United States extends our condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims. I call upon the Syrian authorities to refrain from any further violence against peaceful protestors.

Furthermore, the arbitrary arrests, detention and torture of prisoners that has been reported must end now, and the free flow of information must be permitted so that there can be independent verification of events on the ground.

Throughout this time of upheaval, the American people have heard the voices of the Syrian people, who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and dignity, and who deserve a government that is responsive to their aspirations.

Syrians have called for the freedoms that individuals around the world should enjoy: freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; and a government that is transparent and free of corruption. These rights are universal, and they must be respected in Syria.

Until now, the Syrian government has not addressed the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people. Violence and detention are not the answer to the grievances of the Syrian people. It is time for the Syrian government to stop repressing its citizens and to listen to the voices of the Syrian people calling for meaningful political and economic reforms.      ####

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Photos: AFP / Getty Images (Syrian TV screengrab of protests in Daraa where three more died, April 8); Misam Saleh / AFP / Getty Images (Thousands of Egyptians protest Syrian government repression with banner "God, Syria and Freedom Only," April 8).

 
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"You realize, of course, this means war."

TheWabbit

Great! Obama can attack Syrian while the government is shut down. The guy is delusional.

Apparently the President hasn't spoken to the Secretary of State, otherwise he'd be aware that the US considers Syria's Asaad to be "a reformer."

So the President issues this statement. What if Syria doesn't listen? Do we bomb Syria too? Or are these more hollow words?

It never ceases to amaze me how in the past 60 years both the GOP and the Democrats have been equally obsessed with involving the US military in endless overseas wars.

The death toll in Daraa has climbed today to >40 and >300 wounded, many critically. The Syrian security forces, known for its brutality, has prevented rescuers from extending medical care to the wounded who were left to bleed to death. Wounded persons who made it to the city's hospital were taken away by security services. The Syrian regime is accusing the civil, peaceful and unarmed demonstrators in Daraa as being "agents to the CIA and Mussad". The Syrian Army's 4th Division, lead by Maher Asad, brother of president Bashar Asad and widely known in Syria as "the Butcher, or Little Sadam" is moving into the city of Daraa and a massacre of historic dimensions is about to take place. The people of Syria call upon the civilized world to stop this massacre before it is too late.

Please remember that Syria even tried to develop its nuclear program, it was seriously interrupted by Israeli forces that bombed the nuclear object.
Syrian forces treat the protesters with unbelievable cruelty to spread mortal fear among the people of Daraa.
There must be a call for targeted international sanctions to introduced. And why some dictators should enjoy irresponsibility for the war crimes?.

War monger. Baby killer. Blood for oil. Bush lied and people died.

Liberal hypocrites are now silent when one of their own wages war.

to jetty:
Shouldn't that kind of hypocrisy be expected from people who did not have the intellectual honesty to admit that 95% of the arguments Bush made in favor of the Iraq war were echoes of the arguments Bill Clinton had used 5 years earlier (in 1998) to justify his military actions against the Sadaam Hussein regime ruling Iraq at the time?? I wish to make crystal clear that I was against the Iraq invasion in 2003, because it, like every war this country has fought since World War 2 (except for invading Afghanistan), violated the declaration of war clause in the Constitution , which the Supreme Court has not had the courage to enforce during that time.

Well it's great he condemns all the violance but I just don't see what could it's going to do for this situation..

ONE THING TO SAY: "Let them ALL kill each other, and let their GOD/ALLAH sort out this mess. We and/or NATO/OTAN should not intervene there OR anywhere else. Look at IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, YEMEN, LIBYA, et al. All it got us is a sore and PI**ED-OFF population that is NOT to our liking. And killing the INDIGINIOUS population for SPORT/TROPHY did NOT help EITHER. LET IT BE, LET IT BE, LET IT BE .............

President Obama, please hear the voices of the American people too. We also deserve a government that is responsive to our aspirations. Take care of the massive problems America have, and bring our soldiers home alive now. Syria and all middle east countries should solve their problems themselves. What a waste of American tax dollars on these uncontrollable countries.

And, these leaders won't listen to you, they see you as a very weak leader, they're not afraid of you.

President Obama, take your threats and hypocrisy, and go away with them. We support our president in Syria.

From a Syrian.

WE ALL UNDERSTAND OUR THE UNITED NATIONS AND COUNTRIES ACROSS THE WORLD LOOK TO THE US AND DEPEND ON THE US TO PROVIDE MONETARY AND MILITARY. CAN ANY SEE WHAT IS HAPPEN BESIDES ME OR ARE PEOPLE JUST KEEPING A CLOSED MOUTH. IS IT NOT TIME FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO SAY SORRY WE ARE UNABLE TO HELP OR KNOW! WE WILL NOT GET INVOLVED. WE ARE SPENDING ,SPENDING AND SPENDING ON MISSIONS OTHER THAN WHATS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE WHOLE TIME WHILE WE PARTICIPATE WE ARE GOING BROKE AND OUR MILITARY EQUIPMENT IS BEING USED WHICH MEANS WE WILL HAVE TO PURCHASE MORE AND UPDATE BEFORE NEEDED IF WE WERE NOT INVOLVED. OH BY THE WAY CHINA WILL ONE DAY SO KNOW TO US AND GIVE US OUR MONEY.IF WE CANT PAY WHAT HAPPENS?? WAR! A WAR WE CAN NOT WIN BECAUSE WE HAVE NO MONEY, NO FRIENDS AND OUR MILITARY EQUIPMENT WILL BE OUT DATED AND LIMITED. HOW DO WE STOP THIS FROM HAPPEN? WE HAVE GOT TO START ELECTING OFFICIALS WHO DO NOT PLAY POLITICS AND JUST SIMPLY DO WHATS RIGHT.


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