Syrian People Have the Inherent Right To Exercise Universal Freedoms

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 7, 2011
Demonstration With Candles in Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement addressing the violence in Syria on May 6, 2011. The Secretary said:

"I am deeply troubled that the Syrian Government chooses to continue to use force and intimidation against the Syrian people. The United States condemns in the strongest terms the Syrian Government's actions over the past five weeks and calls on it to immediately cease the killing, arrest, and harassment of protestors, activists, and journalists. I am particularly troubled by ongoing reports of deaths of citizens at the hands of the Syrian Government, including accounts today that at least 30 people were killed when Syrian security forces again opened fire on peaceful protestors throughout the country. On behalf of the United States, I extend our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

"The Syrian people, like people everywhere, have the inherent right to exercise their universal freedoms, including peaceful assembly, expression, and speech. The Syrian Government must respond to the Syrian people's call for change. It must realize that violence and intimidation will not answer their call.

"The Syrian Government's actions are neither those of a responsible government nor a credible member of the international community. We will continue to hold to account senior Syrian officials and others responsible for the reprehensible human rights abuses against the Syrian people. We welcome the European Union's decision to join us in these efforts with similar steps. We will also continue to work both unilaterally and with our international partners to determine the most effective next steps if the Syrian Government chooses not to abandon its current path."

You can also read Secretary Clinton's statement here.



Michigan, USA
May 8, 2011

Sam in Michigan writes:

I like to see U.S. involvement in Syria.

Bee S.
May 8, 2011

Bee in Syria writes:

It is time for action not talk to protect the Syrian people. Foe how many dead you are wating to happen. Please do somthing to save the live of the peacefull protesters who want a freedom from this brutal regime this regime belive in killing and terror just to saty in power. Down to Assad and his regime

May 9, 2011

F. writes:

No need of China @U.N. if they won't help to stop Violent Islam

United States
May 9, 2011

Jessy in the U.S.A. writes:

Please do something to save the life of the peaceful protesters who want democracy. Asad should be give up his rule or need to defeat his regime. This post is very informative.

Azad D.
May 10, 2011

Azad D. in Iraq writes:

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

Syrians are waiting the response of Free World on the ongoing crimes against humanity perpetrated by Al Assad dictatorship. Al Assad dictator is not reformer and not able to convert from dictator to reformer.

The allegation describing Al Assad as a reformer are false because they usually come from repressive regimes as the Turkish who believe that the demise of Al Assad will harm the rasict agreements of Al Assad with the Turkish regime against Kurdish activists.

In addition, the Turkish regime worries about the fact that any new democratic parliamentarian system in Syria will guarantee Kurds some political rights.

New Mexico, USA
May 10, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Dear Dept of State and friends,

This is a short-form citizen's NIE on the challenge posed by dictators and tyrants.

Or simply one option that probably should be on the President's table in my opinion.

So without delay...

Call Assad and tell him if he doesn't cease and desist that America can make him homeless in 15 minutes or less, and then do it anyway just to prove it to him.

When he loses his fancy digs to a conventionally tipped ICBM, then maybe he'll stop and think about what you folks are telling him to do or not to do, but until then...he's going to act like a murduring tyrant.

And when he complains about the "legality" of the action, give him a second helping of what we just dished up and make the rubble bounce just to emphasize the point.

And tell him he's lucky to be alive to complain about it.

I'll say one thing as a hypothisis, not speculation...because it is my educated guess that he might be a wee bit more inclined to listen if you'all had a bull's eye painted on Ghaddafi's forehead and designated him personally as a legitimate "command and control" target before making that call to Assad.

If we can't set an example to these ethical infants that "bad things can and will personally happen to you if you make war on your people." then don't expect to bring the changes you'all want in today's world, OK?

No amount of diplomacy is worth failing to get the results folks can live with.

I mean it's not asking too much of other world leaders that they treat their citizens with a little respect and dignity, is this not the opinion of my government?

And when they fail to listen to reason, is it not reasonable to unilaterally get very unreasonable about what we condem in the strongest terms and go kinetic rather than diplomatic about it to put and end to the slaughter of civilians?

I'm sure there will be those who get puturbed over this, but they may be afforded the option of either being with us in dealing with madmen, or getting the hell out of the way.

We absolutely can and must ( if we believe in human rights) dictate the terms of existance or non-existance to leaders who abuse their people, sponsor terrorism, and generally violate international law on a consistant basis.

To do otherwise is to discard all reasonable hope for achieving our own national security goals.


United States
July 2, 2011

Jessy in the U.S.A. writes:

US involvement never brought any peace to any countries. Being and American I never support on it. We can see the result of it in Iraq or Afghanistan even in Pakistan. Instead of peace, there are so many bomb attack and minor terrorism happening. That was not happened before the US involvement.


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