Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith” released the following statement on behalf of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) regarding the decimation of the people of Moadhamiya, Syria.
“It has been almost a month now since President Obama threatened limited reprisals against the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons. Now that the U.S. is in a protracted negotiation with Russia for Assad’s WMD, the genocidal tyrant feels secure enough to systematically starve the people of Moadhamiya, Syria, a suburb of Damascus and one of the neighborhoods targeted by the Assad regime in the infamous sarin gas attack that took 1,400 lives.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 12,000 people are trapped inside Moadhamiya and over a half a million people are trapped in suburbs and rural towns outside of Damascus. This is the same town in the area of Ghouta attacked by a sarin gas attack which invoked the verbal wrath of the West on August 21.
Despite being ground zero of the chemical attack, Moadhamiya’s plight is attracting little attention of western media. The moral equivalency of 1,400 killed in a chemical attack and over 12,000 being killed through starvation is simply astounding. The continued focus of this administration on their supposed victory in securing Syria’s chemical weapons continues to degrade U.S. impact in the region. In the Journal’s article, Khaled Erksoussi, head of disaster response for the Syrian Red Crescent, expressed deep disappointment with an international community more concerned with legal and technical aspects of chemical weapons than its victims.
Genocide is ongoing in Syria and the rate of death has only climbed since the chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus. This is not just a civil war. This is not a legitimate government fending off Islamist terrorists. If anything it is a brutal tyrant and a negligent U.S. President and free world creating the breeding grounds for now the world’s worst Islamist radicalization.
Over 120,000 people are dead. At least 500-600 people are being killed each week. With a reported half a million trapped in their neighborhoods, there is every reason to believe that Assad is willing to kill all of them if not a majority of Syria’s 23 million people in order to hold onto power over the next few years as the world turns the people of Syria its collective cold shoulder. The same Journal story quoted a law student working for Assad’s forces as stating that they “will not allow them to be nourished to kill us’ and that in the neighborhoods are either “all terrorists or those embracing them”.
President Putin is successfully leading the U.S. on a wild goose chase for chemical weapons giving his ally space to cleanse Syria of all opposition.”