SAC Welcomes Obama's Appointment of Two Strong Voices on Human Rights to Key Posts

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Syrian-American advocacy group says Susan Rice and Samantha Power must pressure Obama to stop Assad and prevent further atrocities.

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It is in America's interest to stop the massacres and prevent a genocide by taking action similar to U.S.-led operations in Libya and in Bosnia - actions supported by both Rice and Power.

The Syrian American Council (SAC), the nation's largest Syrian-American advocacy group, welcomed the appointment of human rights interventionists Susan Rice and Samantha Power to new key posts in the Obama administration. SAC urges Ambassador Rice and Ms. Power to persuade the Obama administration to act now to prevent further atrocities committed by the Assad regime.

Ambassador Rice will become the national security adviser as Ms. Power replaces her as ambassador to the UN. Ms. Power played a key role in forming President Obama's policy on Libya in support of the revolutionaries after Libya's former strongman Gaddafi had used lethal violence against the protests against his rule.

During the genocide in Rwanda while Rice was serving in the Clinton administration, she pledged not to allow a repeat of such massacres in the future. Power was a journalist covering the war in Bosnia two decades ago. "I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required," she said referring to America's failure to respond timely to genocides and acts of mass atrocities.

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Syrian-Americans have been calling upon the Obama administration for a similar intervention to protect human rights and support the pro-democracy revolution in Syria.

"We congratulate Ms. Rice and Ms. Power for their new posts, and encourage them to persuade the Obama administration to do the right thing in Syria," said SAC President Dr. Talal Sunbulli. "It is in America's interest to stop the massacres and prevent a genocide by taking action similar to U.S.-led operations in Libya and in Bosnia - actions supported by both Rice and Power."

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