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Washington, DC -- The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) urges Members of Congress to support an authorization for the use of military force by the US against Assad regime targets in Syria. Such authorization, and actions taken pursuant to it, must be strategic and decisive enough both to send a message to Assad and other tyrants and terrorists that the world will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons, and also to set the stage for a full transition of power in Syria from Assad to an opposition-led democratic transitional body. Delaying action against the Syrian regime, or limiting the authorization and use of force to cosmetic action, will only embolden Assad and give him more time to kill innocent men, women, and children.
It is imperative that targeting specific Assad military posts takes place sooner rather than later in order to save Syrian lives and weaken the regime's ability to commit mass atrocities, and the US must exercise caution to avoid civilian deaths. Moreover, as long as Assad remains in Syria, the conflict and the divisiveness will continue to increase, and the road to rebuilding will grow progressively more difficult.
"The Syrian people need immediate US help to relieve them of the grave murders and human rights abuses perpetrated by the Assad regime," said Dr. Yahya Basha, Chairman of CDS. "The US must degrade Assad strongly enough to force him to engage in a negotiated transition of power, to stop committing such atrocities, and to pave the way for Syrians to begin the difficult but critical processes of reconciliation, reconstruction, and democratization."
The CDS urges Members of Congress to authorize this action not only to protect Syrian civilians, but also in the deep and direct national interests of the United States to support stability and democracy in Syria. Allowing this conflict to continue will only make it more and more dangerous to Syrians, to the US, and to the world.
The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Christians for Democracy, and Association of Free Syrians.