Exclusive Video, Commentary and Solution on Syria Sanctions and the Importance of Diplomacy.


Reports of the Syrian government forces killing more than 400 people since mid-March with hundreds missing, 1700+ protesters being detained over the past week and cutting off telephone lines and water/electricity supplies to the general area conjoining with Bashar al-Assad’s tanks and machine gunned armed Syrian security forces entering the city of Dara’a in attempt to quell the protesters has sparked a concern from many human rights activists.

It is important to note that there has been massive fighting in Syria with Bashar al-Assad imposing violence on his people ever since Libya started rioting a couple months ago. This type of violence is nothing new to the Syrian People.

Which leads me to the question- If we were to pick a human rights violation and looking to help Israel and her people;  why would we not engage war with Syria who borders Israel?  Wouldnt that be in our best interest?

Apparently, 4 European countries think so as France, Britain, Germany and Portugal have circulated a draft media statement to the Security Council that would strongly condemn the violence against peaceful demonstrators. Although sanctions were not specifically mentioned.

Lebanon, the only Arab member of the council, has very strong ties to Syria and diplomats said it is likely to oppose a council statement as may Russia, also a friend of Syria.

Good ol’ undecided China’s U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said “we want to get engaged with everybody and try to find a solution and to push for a political solution.”

Turkey, Iraq and Jordan (Syria’s neighboring countries) have been eerily silent on the matter.

We’ll talk about US actions at the end of this Commentary.

Some nations are wanting the US to get involved but is that really the best thing for the US at a time where the US is already committed to 3 full blown wars and an outstanding financial debt of $14.3 Trillion? Can we really afford yet another war?

The George W. Bush administration had, clearly, toughened relations in Syria — imposing new sanctions as Assad ran operations against U.S. troops in Iraq and was implicated in the murder of the Lebanese prime minister — so it will be a little more challenging to see how a non-violent shake up can play out but diplomacy and peace is possible and probable, if the US handles this correctly.

In responding to this crisis in Syria, the Obama administration is pulled by two conflicting currents.

First, Obama appears to be cautious like Syria- much like he was with Egypt- in the fear that the opposition leaders would be worse that the current situation and since the majority of Syria is terrorist based; that could prove to be detrimental to not only the US but also Israel.

(Note: The terrorist infiltration case also runs true in Libya where it is a known fact that Al Qaeda has infiltrated the leaders of the Libyan opposition and Obama has stated that he wants a regime change- so Obama’s foreign policy stance his, once again, inconsistent and much to be desired.)

May I caution the Obama administration about policing the World and encouraging regime changes when he has little information on the opposition parties (Libya anyone?) and little leverage to control events in a land very foreign to us.

Second,  there is resentment running amok as the violence escalates in the Syrian streets and the contradiction of US actions in Libya. The mentality that I predicted would form, “The US helped out the opposition in Libya- why will the US not help us?!” is indeed taking place.

It is a belief of many that Assad is no reformer. Rather, he is an ally of Iran, a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah. So the administration has another chance to “fight the good fight”.

Honestly? If the US was get involved in another war (I wish we wouldnt; we have enough problems and debt at home as it is) but if we were to get involved- I would RATHER get involved in Syria instead of Libya.

But, first above everything else, I would work on transitioning a new US Ambassador to Syria because; obviously, the current one is not doing a very good job.

We need to be EXTREMELY careful as Hezbollah could utilize  this opportunity to capitalize in Lebanon and work to consolidate its control and upset the status quo.

The fall of the Assads and the emergence of a more radicalized Sunni regime in Damascus could raise questions in Israel about the viability of the 1974 disengagement agreement on the Golan Heights, which has made the Syrian-Israeli border the quietest in the Middle East. A Sunni regime would also likely raise tensions with Iraq’s Shia-dominated government.

Personally, I think that the US should deploy another communicator over to assist the US Ambassador to Syria because obviously; he’s not doing a very good job getting a message of “Peace and Prosperity” across.

We should not under any circumstances remove our ambassador from Syria. I realize that there was not an ambassador there before Obama placed him but now, since it has been established, revoking such a position could prove to backfire as we need as many “peaceful” eyes and ears near ground zero.

If that fails to work, THEN and ONLY then; should we place an asset freeze and travel restrictions on the Syrian president and close allies as we have exhausted all means of diplomacy.

After the asset freeze and travel restrictions are placed and if  Bashar al-Assad is continuing to use violence- then we should consider how else we can resolve the matter.

Regime change should only be pushed IF we know WHO we are supporting. We already made that mistake in Libya- let’s not support terrorists again. This would be especially dangerous as Syria borders Israel and would give terrorists direct access to wage war with the holy land.

I feel that diplomacy is possible within Syria but our current way of going about it is not working; let’s focus on reshaping our diplomacy efforts before we consider freezing assets and travel restrictions; especially use of force as that should be our last resort.

US-Syria communication is blocked and we must take steps to get the communication flowing in the right direction before the US gets forceful.

Perhaps the US can talk to the UN Human Rights Council and see what type of diplomatic measures are available within the UN.

NOTE TO OBAMA: Please get Congressional approval before invading Syria so we can comply with the US Constitution as well as join efforts with other nations so that we are not singled out.

Copyright (c) April 27, 2011. All rights reserved.

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Libyan Questions that MUST be answered before we continue with Operation Odyssey Dawn.


A multi phased mission, deceivingly named Operation Odyssey Dawn, involves several nations with the lead position being held by the US, the French and the British military forces against Muammar Qaddafi forces in Libya, after the nations became convinced that the Libyan leader was not adhering to a United Nations mandated cease fire.

The United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan have also agreed to provide humanitarian or logistical support.

Together- US & Britain launched 128 Tomahawk missiles on areas of deemed “threat” by Pro Qaddafi forces.

With the UN’s help- Libyan opposition forces claimed victory Saturday over Muammar Qaddafi’s forces in a strategically located in the Eastern city but the battle in the West raged as loyalists tanks resumed shelling Misrata, the city next to Tripoli (Libyas capital) and are setting up camp, after a recent victory for the opposition, in Ajdabiya.

With the importance of Ajdabiya and its strategic location that sits on the path to Tripoli, this could be seen as a turning point favoring Anti-Qaddafi protesters with the Western gate falling on Thursday and the Western  Gate falling on Friday

However, at this point it still is yet to be determined WHO the Anti-Qaddafi protesters actually are?

A number of on the ground contacts state that the leadership falls under Al Qaeda with Hezbollah and Hamas thrown in for extra volatility.

At this point, Britain & France have stated that a no fly zone has been established with Italy pushing for all the nations involved to fall under NATO command.

A NATO structure is still being finalized at this point, however it is said that the US would report to Canadian Lt. General  Bouchard who will be assigned as the joint task force commander (which pleases me greatly as I am French-Canadian) and one thing that I can tell you about Canadians is that they have a great appreciation for the US as their Southern neighbor. I feel that we would be in “safe” hands.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in a news conference that “NATO is in the beginning stages of operation.”

However, it is at THIS point that the United States should retreat and get our bearings together. To continue this fight without huddling back in the US would be a GRAVE mistake.

Before we even continue doing ANYTHING with Libya, Obama MUST get congressional approval and explain to the American People , where much disapproval abounds, a long term plan AND budget, how much this war is going to cost, and an exit strategy.

Let’s learn from our war in Afghanistan and not fight a fuzzy battle of “hope and change”. We need clear cut definition and directive not to mention a declaration of war, as required in the US Constitution, if Congress approves this costly action.

We need to gather our bearings as Obama has said one thing about the war but does the exact opposite. This is not news to us who have been following Obama since the 2010 election. This is a pattern of his; however, now its serious because our US military service men & women lives are stake.

There are several questions that need to be answered before we continue with military operations in Libya. For example;

1. The name Operation Odyssey Dawn.  Is Obama not aware of Homer’s Ilaid and Odyssey where Odysessus travels almost 10 years to get back home to Ithaca? But if you ask Obama, he sees our involvement will be quick. There’s a disconnect. What is the timeline for our involvement in Libya? Obama said it will be “short” but there are serious long term implications if we wage war with Libya as we are all interconnected.

2.  Obama did not consult with Congress before going into this war. He did not set forth a long term plan, budget or exit strategy. It is unclear as to how much this war will cost us. What we do know is that it costs approximately $575, 000 for each cruise missile fired.

At this point, there were 112 confirmed missiles fired and then 16 missiles were said to be fired in a second round (AFTER Obama said he would not send any more missiles because of the exorbitant cause and massive amount of innocent Libyan lives).

That comes to 128 Tomahawk Cruise missiles being fired which results in a WHOPPING $73.6 MILLION.  That price does not include the overhead and maintenance costs of our Airforce & Navy.

3. Obama states that his goal is to get rid of Qaddafi’s power but not Qaddafi. Oh; so we are just going to make Qaddafi angry enough to ban oil exports to the US?  Is Obama planning on having a divided Libya where Qaddafi controls the West side and the unknown rebels control the East? How is this supposed to work in our benefit again?

4. Where is the Arab League? Qater has flown fighter jets overhead but that is the only member who has stepped up to the plate. They asked for our help, as most of you know, I have stated since the beginning that we SHOULD NOT TAKE A ROLE LEAD IN LIBYA. Yet, that is EXACTLY what we are doing. This is not OUR fight. We need to step back and let Libya decide the history of Libya.

5. Where does  Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey and Italy stand in this fight?  Can we count on their support? Would they be willing to be a lead player in this human rights correction?

6. If we are going to war with Libya because of a human rights violation- do we set the same standard for the other middle east countries doing the same thing? At present count, I have noted 11 areas of disrest. 1. Afghanistan 2. Iraq 3. Tunisia 4. Egypt 5. Libya 6. Bahrain 7. Jordan 8. Yemen 9. Algeria  10. Iran and now 11. Syria.

7. What is the operational budget and how much it is going to cost us taxpayers? I know its  a hard concept for Obama to grasp but money does not grow on trees.

8. What is the exit strategy? How can we avoid another Afghanistan or Vietnam?

9. Who are these Anti-Qaddafi forces really? What do we know about them? From I understand they are a mixture of Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas.

If that is the case, why are we going to support them? Their way of life is VERY different from ours- do you really think they will cater to the US like Libya has?? Really? Im sure their definition of freedom is VERY different than our definition.

We need to do a serious background check on these people before we commit time, money, arms and military.

10. If we get into this war, is there a possibility of WW3?  As it looks to me, I see two very distinct sides of this equation.

On one side, stands the US, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, France, Britain, Europe, Canada, South Korea (hopefully Saudi Arabia), Italy, Japan and the Arab League

Against Group B-of  Libya, Old Egypt, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Iran, North Korea, Russia (and more than likely, China).

Read more about the WW3 implications by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/is-wwwiii-in-the-near-future-qaddafis-latin-american-allies-blast-military-attacks/

Does anybody else see this potential line up?  If this happens, what are the repercussions and cost of that?! How can WW3 be avoided if we do decide (which I advise AGAINST) to get involved in Libya.

11. Are we prepared to lose Libya’s oil supply? What steps can we do to lessen our foreign dependence on oil?  I can hear the drill baby drill crowd chanting and I am supportive of drilling in preapproved areas as long as we dont add any NEW drilling in the Gulf.  So what other means are available? Plenty and the majority of them can be implemented simulatenously.

So many, in fact, I created a radio show especially to showcase how we can lower our gas cost. Listen here by visiting: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/heart-of-america-radio/2011/03/10/hoas-gus-guzzler-special-edition-03102011

There are many questions that need to be answered and Obama needs to be honest about his stance and his vision of the US involvement in Libya.

So what can WE do about it? For starters, you can contact:

Obama’s staff directly at 1-202-456-1111. Try it, you get to talk to a live person. I  have memorized this number, I call it so much.

Tell them that we need to regroup and figure out the long term plan and exit strategy as well as the cost and the increase in taxes (its either an increase in taxing or cutting more programs to balance!) and how us going into Libya in an attempt to get cheaper oil is a risky investment and not one that you are willing to take, not with a $14.3 trillion dollar debt haunting our children and grandchildren and no clear definition, direction, exit strategy or budget.

Also, make it a point to contact your Senators and Representatives to put more pressure on them and encourage them to stand up against President Obama (we elected them to be our voice!)

Representative Search: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Senate Search: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

Finally, dont be afraid to contact your local news media and speak up! The Truth needs to be heard and it is up to US to deliver it. You can do it, I believe in you. If you need help getting started, email me at Theheartofamerica@wordpress.com and Ill help point you in the right direction.

Obama may have preached about hope and change and while change is certainly occurring. I have found many people to have lost their hope and that is a dangerous slippery slope that must be avoided at all costs.

Stay hopeful, stay faithful- Together we will solve this problem and work towards bettering our children’s future. That I promise you.

Copyright (c) March 26, 2011. All rights reserved.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Saudi Arabia preparing for “Day of Rage” tomorrow.


Click into the video to see the calm before the storm.

A day before protesters planned to take to the streets for an anti-government “Day of Rage” rally in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital- Saudi Arabian security forces broke up a rally in the eastern city of al-Qatif, 12 miles north of the Capitol.

Al-Mugaiteeb, president of the al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia- based Human Rights First Society, said a doctor who attended to the wounded told him that 3 people were injured at the rally, in the Shiite Muslim-dominated city.

Crude oil futures pared losses after it was reported that police in Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, opened fire to disperse protesters by using percussion bombs, followed by gunfire, which caused the crowds to flee.

U.S. officials said Saudi authorities used “less-than- lethal” means on protesters by firing rubber bullets.

Crude oil for April delivery declined to $102.93 a barrel.  Prices are up 25 percent from a year ago. Oil traded at about $101.50 before reports of the gunfire showing that the markets are incredibly sensitive to disruption in the Middle East.

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said on a conference call with reporters that the White House was aware of reports of firing in Saudi .

“What we have said to the Saudis and to all the people of the region is that we’re going to support a set of universal values in any country in the region,”  Rhodes said. “And that includes the right to peaceful assembly, to peaceful protest, to peaceful speech.”

Rhodes added, “And we’ll of course continue to closely monitor this particular situation, get as many facts as we can about exactly what transpired, since these reports are relatively recent.”

At a look at tomorrow, Protests are being formed in Saudi Arabia despite protests being outlawed in the kingdom.

In February, Saudi King Abdullah announced a number of reforms, such as pay raises and increased spending on social programs to appease protesters. Yet the protesters were not satisfied.

A ban on protests was enacted earlier by the government earlier this month.

On Thursday, human rights organization Amnesty International asked Saudi authorities to reverse the ban on peaceful protest in the kingdom.

“Instead of banning peaceful protests the Saudi Arabian authorities should address the need for major human rights reform in the country,” Philip Luther, deputy director of their Middle East and North Africa program, said.

To read the request to reverse the ban in full, please visit: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA20110310002&lang=e

It is said that approximately 10,000 Saudi troops are ready to be deployed to crack down on any protests.

If today is any indicator of what tomorrow is going to bring, I suggest filling up your gas tanks NOW.

For if the Saudi uprising does occur Friday, and oil pipelines and distribution networks are disrupted, expert analysts are stating that oil prices will rise to $150 per barrel almost instantaneously, and $200 per barrel will shortly follow.

Copyright (c) March 10, 2011. All rights reserved.

Replacing evil with desperate. A deeper threat to Israel.



A Facebook page created by anonymous people is calling on Palestinians to take part in mass protest against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

The page, titled Honor Revolution (Thauret al-Karama in Arabic), urges Gazans to take to the street after Muslim Friday prayers to topple the de-facto government of the Islamist movement.

“The young people of the beloved Gaza Strip will carry out a grand act that will change the face of history,” a message posted on the page reads.

“We derived our inspiration from the revolutions in green Tunisia and Egypt of the pharaohs, which joined the struggle for freedom,” it says.

By Wednesday afternoon, 2,338 people had joined it by clicking “like.”

The group’s stated aim is to end the split between Gaza and the West Bank, which came about when Hamas seized sole control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. Eighteen months prior to that Hamas won parliamentary elections, which sparked a fierce power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas and his secular Fatah party.

The Facebook page, in Arabic only, appealed to the Hamas security forces not to use violence against the demonstrators.

“We will go out to end the split and gain back our national unity in a peaceful way. Our message to you: Don’t cover your hands with our pure blood,” the page said. “Don’t obey your masters, the owners of the villas, the apartments, the lands, the cars and the jeeps.”

The group said the protests throughout Gaza would be a “pure popular revolution” of all political affiliations.

“It is the revolution of the mosques, the churches, the factories, the universities, the schools, the unemployed and the internet cafes,” it declared, although Fatah supporters were said to be among the internet users who launched the initiative.

Observers in Gaza and the West Bank said they were unsure whether the Facebook call would be able to mobilize huge numbers of protesters.

They said Gazans were afraid of Hamas’ security apparatus, which has acted harshly against critics.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said Hamas authorities in Gaza quashed a solidarity demonstration with Egypt last week. The international watchdog said police arbitrarily arrested six women and threatened to arrest another 20 people as soon as they arrived at the Park of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City.

HRW said Abbas’ Palestinian Authority police also used violence against peaceful demonstrators in the central West Bank city of Ramallah last week, by punching, kicking and detaining participants, as well as at least two journalists and a HRW research assistant.

If the Palestinians take over Hamas control, it would be reasonable to think that Hamas leaders and followers would fall under rank. With this combined force and evil intensified with desperation. Israel is in grave danger and I pray that Good will prevail.

Copyright (c) February 9, 2011. All rights reserved.