Ambassador Ford Addresses the Situation in Syria

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 7, 2011
Syrian Protestors Carry Pictures of Syrian President Assad

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford addressed the situation in Syria today during an interviews with Christiane Amanpour of ABC's This Week. Ambassador Ford said:

"...My whole purpose in being in Syria is to be able to communicate not only with the Syrian Government but with the Syrian people more generally. I will be very frank again: The Syrian television operated by the state, operated by the dictatorship, is not credible and tells all kinds of lies. So we are looking for ways to reach out to the Syrian public through social media, through things like Facebook, and by going out and about in the country."

Ambassador Ford continued, "...It's important to bear witness to what the Syrian Government is doing. In that kind of environment, where the international press, international television, can't move around freely, it is really important for diplomats to be able to move around, to understand what the Syrian Government is doing on the ground. The Syrian Government does not tell the truth. They said there were armed gangs in Hama. Well, the only weapon I saw was a slingshot. So it's important to bear witness and it's important to relay a message of support."

The Ambassador said, "...Bashar al-Asad is using a great deal more violence than was used in Egypt. We have said -- and we've been very clear on this -- we do not view Bashar al-Asad as indispensible. We do not view his continuation in power as important to American interests. We have said we view him and his government as the source of instability and the source of violence in Syria. I think our views are very clear. The President has said his government will be left in the past. The meaning is clear, Christiane."

In closing, Ambassador Ford said, "...[W]e are going to try to ratchet up the pressure. The violence that the Syrian Government is inflicting on Syrian protestors, from our point of view, is grotesque, it's abhorrent -- not just from our point of view, from the point of view of the entire international community. And so we are looking at additional unilateral measures, but also measures that we can work with partners to get the Syrian Government to stop shooting protestors, to release political prisoners, and to stop these arrest campaigns."

You can find the Ambassador Ford's complete interview on ABC's This Week here.



Helal U.
August 8, 2011

Helal in Nepal writes:

I thinks that's President Obama is a bright and light person for USA. I like America and i love American peoples.
May Allah bless all American people. Thanks.

Maryland, USA
August 8, 2011

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Bashar Al-Asads killing of Islamic People, and his own Citizens, shows how weak his believe is in Allah. This is a religious crime against his own religion and faith.
I don't see a future in this world or the next, for people that kill their own family
members.Which is what they are doing.
This is a sad day for all people of faith.

United States
August 8, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

How can any NATO member criticize Syrian government reaction to rebellion while NATO is bombing the hell out of Libya's civilians and infrastructure during their rebellion?

Maybe Syria's president wants to quickly end the rebellion before NATO decides to start bombing Syria into rubble?

Recalling the reactions of our own government in shooting people at Kent State University, Ohio; in Watts, California; the shootings at Ruby Ridge; the massacre at Waco, Texas, among other places, it seems that shooting protestors is the first reaction of governments to their dissenting citizens.

What do our police do when they see a homeless man waiving around a stick? They shoot him, of course. It's happening almost daily somewhere in America. Now that Homeland Security has influenced law enforcement, a police badge has become a license to kill.

We lead by example, whether we want to or not. If you don't want citizens Syria shot down like dogs, you might ask the TSA to stop treating Americans like dogs at US airports and border crossings.

October 29, 2011

Mark in Kuwait writes:

No international media allowed inside syria is a clear indication that it is in deep trouble, if president Bashar al-asad is really trying to stop the rebelion which they said cause by an arm gangs or terrorist why not allow the international media to get the coverage in the ground...? i think everyone needs a clear picture over there.


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