Earlier this week supporters of armed Syrian rebels, who are fighting to overthrow the country’s alleged dictatorial government, held demonstrations outside the White House in Washington, D.C. The group, made up of Arab immigrants, is asking the Obama administration to offer military support to fighters known as the Free Syrian Army. “The issue here is a moral issue,” says Dr. Hisham Naji, the lead organizer and activist. “The United States is the leader of the free world and the leader of democracy.”
At least 50 protesters, many of whom shout through bullhorns and wave colorful Syrian flags amid crowds of summer tourists, have been holding rallies just outside the northern section of the White House. Their efforts have intensified as Syria’s regime allegedly uses deadly chemical weapons against rebel forces and their supporters. According to Dr. Naji, a Washington, D.C. area based physician, humanitarian doctors inside Syria are documenting atrocities caused by alleged attacks. “They’ve witnessed at least 300 people killed and they have treated more than 3,000 civilians,” says Dr. Naji.
Examiner.com left messages with the Syrian Embassy on Tuesday, asking it to counter Dr. Naji’s shocking claims, but the agency hasn’t responded to the request. Nevertheless, supporters of the Free Syrian Army say they'll continue to rally for U.S. military aid and diplomatic support. “If they don’t help them, then other people will. Those people are the extremists, the jihadists and Al-Qaeda,” says Dr. Naji. “The more the West sits on the sideline watching in silence, they are actually encouraging the extreme elements to come inside Syria. That will create a situation that is dangerous for the surrounding countries and the national security of the United States.”