Syrian exiles: 'Clinton told dissidents to lay down their arms'Unlike Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry, Hillary Clinton has been smart enough not to allow her picture to be taken with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad - at least as far as I could find. So I had to go with the montage above. But Clinton is apparently no less disposed to keeping the dictator in power than are Pelosi and Kerry (and President Obama for that matter).
YNet has published a lengthy interview with two Syrian dissidents who have found temporary asylum in the United States. The two are still considered to be in danger - as are their families back in Syria - so they are referred to by pseudonyms, and the reporter did not even disclose the name of the city outside which they live. But the interview included this shocker in the middle.
A few weeks ago, Amar met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He presented to her, among other things, information about soldiers who defected and plan to launch a guerilla fight against the army. “To my surprise, she asked that the defectors lay down their arms,” he says. “That’s an odd request. Why didn’t they ask the rebels in Libya to lay down their arms? How can they do it if at any moment they can be fired at and murdered? It’s impractical.”Is she out of her mind? Does this reflect Obama administration policy? (Yes and yes).
There's lots more in the interview. The exiles say that they don't hate Israel. That they understand that Assad foments hatred of Israel to distract Syrians from his regime's actions. They say that they hate Iran, that they hate Russia for supporting Assad, and that they hate Hezbullah. They talk about how the regime is murdering, raping and torturing children to try to keep their parents in line. It's horrifying stuff, but none of it is too surprising, except for that line from Clinton. I understand that the US doesn't want to get involved in Syria like they did in Libya. But do they really want Assad to stay in power? Why?
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