Romney Gets Support From Syrian Town

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has received backing from an expected source, says the GuardianKafranbel in Syria’s north-west Idlib province. Romney has criticized President Barack Obama for not taking a harsher stance towards Russia in its support of Syria. On Fox News, Romney said that “This president has not communicated strength and resolve around the world. We need to make it very clear to Moscow that their interference in Syria poses a grave threat to the national interests of America, and to free people around the world.”

Last year, a banner in Kafranbel proclaimed “we miss Bush’s audacity.”

There is no question that the crisis in Syria seems graver than ever. On Thursday, a “massacre” was reported in Douma, a suburb of the capital, Damascus. Al Jazeera reports that at least 51 have been killed; the city has been under heavy bombardment now for 24 days. Activists said that ten people were executed by pro-regime militia at a checkpoint as they tried to flee to safety. Also on Thursday, Syrian state television reported that two bombs exploded outside the Palace of Justice in central Damascus.

Activists are saying that a total of 190 civilians were killed in a 24-hour period, making Thursday the deadliest day in the uprising so far, says the New York Times.

The US, and Western nations, have remained wary about military intervention in the increasingly complicated 16-month crisis in Syria.

Global leaders are preparing to convene in Geneva this weekend to discuss the crisis in Syria where over 3,000 have been killed this month according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. While Russia, Syria’s long-time ally, had indicated earlier this week that Syria needed a “period of political transition,” on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov clearly stated that his country would not support any plan that involves “any meddling from outside or any imposition of recipes.”

Lavrov said that his comments extended to “the fate of the president of the country, Bashar al-Assad.” Assad told Iranian television today that he would not accept any solutions imposed from outside. The crisis in Syria is an “internal issue which has nothing to do with foreign countries,” Assad said; he attributed the violence that has consumed the country for the past sixteen months to “terrorists.”

In other words, as the  BBC’s Jim Muir says, Assad’s response is a “message to intensifying international diplomacy … that it was a waste of time.”

Nonetheless, Kofi Annan, the special envoy to the United Nations whose six-point peace plan, agreed upon by Assad, has so far failed to end the violence in Syria, has said he is “optimistic” about the upcoming talks in Geneva and that there will be an “acceptable result.” Following the meeting, Annan could put forward a plan for a national unity cabinet that would include Syrian opposition leaders but would exclude those whose “participation would undermine it” — the latter phrase being seen as a reference to Assad.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, will be at the Geneva meeting. Iran will not be present due to Western countries’ objections and neither will Saudi Arabia, due to Russia’s objections.


Previous Care2 Coverage

Syria Now “In A Real State of War” Says Assad

Turkey Says Syria Shot At Two Of Its Planes: Crisis Escalates

US and UK May Offer Syria’s Assad “Safe Passage”


Image from a screenshot of a video uploaded by UgaritNews via YouTube


Ira L.
Ellie L5 years ago

Just more of the tea party/republiKKKlans lies -- They wrote it, they own it. Rightwing propaganda puts America and Americans in danger. OBAMA 2012!

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

About the sign...its possible someone in Syria actually knows how to read and write in English/Americanese. True its not taught over there, but its possible. True, the sign could be photoshopped by some Repug, but give possible credit where credit is due. Someone actually might know how to write English/Americanese. You know, there is such a thing as a Translator app. I have one on my phone and I've used it a number of times.

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

First off - Syria mind your own civil business - you've got your own problems deal with them. Stay out of my government's business. Second, the law stands, there will be an election in November - no sooner, no later, and its still none of your business.

Obama is doing just fine as a president. We aren't getting into your civil war because it is a"Civil War"! Get it? If your war was endangering our nation, that would be a whole different case.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

If anyone thinks it is the Syrian population rising up against the Government of Syria, must be smoking something. It is the brotherhood from Egypt and Iran to name only two that are getting so many civilians killed it is not the Syrian Government or private citizens that want this revolution. They tried this in Chechnya, and it failed when the foreign brotherhood killed several hundred school children. As the new President of Egypt said the Brotherhood wants all of the Middle East to become Islamic and make Jerusalem as the new Capital.
If the people on Care2 really cared about peace and reducing civilian deaths, we would write our congress people to the Hillary and Obama to quit encouraging the Brotherhood Spring in he Middle East. What are we doing over their anyway?

Vernon W.
Vernon W5 years ago

Why are non-muslim countries expected to police or interfere with muslim countries and their revolutions? As soon as non-muslim boots hit the ground, muslims extremists accuse non-muslims of "occupying" and interfering in their countries. I don't hear too much about Saudi Arabia, Eqypt, Iran, etc. trying to get the revolutionaries to agree to a diplomatic solution.

Roseann D.
Roseann d5 years ago

Photoshop... We have enough misinformed voters here in the US that vote GOP to care what Syria thinks.

Roseann D.
Roseann d5 years ago

Sorry Syria, I'm not rewarding do-nothing Republicans for obstruction and bad behavior. I'm not voting for treasonous traitors and bullyfist pounders when they don't get their way.

Phillip Ferrell
Phillip Ferrell5 years ago

@Jenny H. Spoken like some one with TRUE consevative values.

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Did the support came before or after the town was shelled by government forces? The citizens may still be shell shocked.

Judy M.
Robert mahaffey5 years ago

Cool, maybe we can bring them here to vote for Romney, what's a few more illegal voters
like the libs say voter fraud is OK