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Pro-Gov’t Protesters Descend Upon U.S., French Embassies in Syria

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Posted on Jul 11, 2011
Associated Press

A policeman walks in front of the damaged U.S. Embassy after pro-government protesters attacked and raised a Syrian flag on the compound in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. The Arabic writing on the wall reads: “The people wants [sic] to remove the dog” and “it’s Syria, you dog.”

Syrian protesters siding with Prime Minister Bashar Assad’s regime made their displeasure with the U.S. and France apparent, after those countries showed support for the opposition, by attacking their embassies in Damascus on Monday. The Los Angeles Times reported about the attacks Monday.

Los Angeles Times:

Witnesses said that violent protesters, angered by visits by the U.S. and French ambassadors to the opposition stronghold of Hama on Saturday, breached the walls of both embassy compounds, wrote graffiti, threw rocks and sticks, and raised the Syrian flag inside the American compound.

Protesters smashed windows and vandalized cars belonging to embassy staff, demanding the closure of the two missions. Gunfire dispersed the mobs at the French facility; there were no reports of injuries at either site.

“The French have interfered in our internal affairs,” said a participant at the French Embassy demonstration. “They have to stop interfering ... them and the Americans.”

A woman at the protest said, “A Syrian shoe is worth all of France.”

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By doughboy, July 12, 2011 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

As Secretary Clinton whines about the negative reaction the Syrian populace
demonstrated for our interference in their domestic problems, the underlying goal
of Syrian regime change moves forward. In the “zero sum game” we are playing
with Iran, our policy of maintaining our control over the Mideast hides under
selective support for democracy. Unsure of what will transpire in Egypt and
Yemen, the Washington wonks have jumped at the rebellion in Syria as some sort
of attack upon Iran. Wether or not a majority of the Syrians want a regime change,
we have taken sides in an internal conflict. Scrambling to get our friends in
Baghdad to “permit” us to keep an army in Iraq and our always close to winning
and never ending war in Afghanistan, the directors of our Mideast policy now see
Syria as a “plum” to be picked. What Clinton et al continue to fail to understand is
that we are the invaders, the occupiers in the Middle East.

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