A Syrian Survivor Offers an Important Message

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A Syrian Survivor Offers an Important Message

Kassem Eid sur­vived the 2013 sarin mas­sacre in Syria in which 1,400 peo­ple died, so it wasn’t sur­pris­ing that CNN con­tacted him to talk about the most recent attack and the Trump administration’s response.

What hap­pened next stunned CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.

For the very first time, we see Assad held account­able just for once, held account­able for his crimes against human­ity. I was over­whelmed. I felt grate­ful for Pres­i­dent Trump. I felt grate­ful for the United States. I felt grate­ful for each and every per­son who lob­bied and kept on talk­ing until some­one actu­ally lis­tened,” Eid said.

In an appar­ent attempt to keep the Syr­ian sur­vivor on the media talk­ing points about refugees, Bald­win played a video of Hillary Clin­ton bash­ing Trump over his immi­gra­tion plan.

Eid didn’t take the bait.

Help us stay in our coun­try, and if you just give me a few sec­onds just to tell Pres­i­dent Trump once again, please, sir, what you did was amaz­ing, what you did was pow­er­ful mes­sage of hope for a lot of peo­ple inside and out­side of Syria,” he told a dumb­struck Baldwin.

He crit­i­cized those who demon­strated against the immi­gra­tion poli­cies but failed to protest against the sarin attacks in 2013 and now. “I didn’t see you rais­ing your voice against Pres­i­dent Obama’s inac­tion in Syria that led us refugees, that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria. If you really care about refugees, if you really care about help­ing us, please, help us STAY in our — in our coun­try. We don’t want to come to [the] United States. We want to STAY in our country.”

It’s unlikely that Eid will be asked again for his com­ments on CNN any­time soon, but his mes­sage should be shared and shared again.

Here is his inter­view on CNN:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3uaf1NFxXc

As a reporter, I cov­ered Syria for many years. What has occurred over the past six years is one of the worst exam­ples of geno­cide in his­tory. Although Assad and the self-​proclaimed Islamic State bear most of the respon­si­bil­ity for what has hap­pened, the Obama administration’s lack of any coher­ent strat­egy except to make idle threats allowed these forces of evil to dev­as­tate the coun­try. The Trump admin­is­tra­tion does not have to com­mit itself to full-​scale involve­ment in Syria, but the deci­sion to launch mis­siles gave aid and com­fort to Eid and many like him.

Here are some of my most recent columns about Syria:

The media and Syria: http://​www​.wash​ing​ton​times​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​2013​/​s​e​p​/​11​/​h​a​r​p​e​r​-​i​n​-​s​y​r​i​a​-​w​a​r​-​d​e​b​a​t​e​-​m​e​d​i​a​-​a​r​e​-​m​i​s​s​i​n​g​-​i​n-ac/

The role Hezbol­lah in Syria: http://​www​.wash​ing​ton​times​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​2013​/​j​u​n​/​19​/​h​a​r​p​e​r​-​m​e​d​i​a​-​o​v​e​r​l​o​o​k​-​k​e​y​-​p​l​a​y​e​r​-​i​n​-​m​i​d​d​l​e​-​e​a​s​t-cr/

Bashar Assad and 60 Min­utes’ dread­ful inter­view: http://​www​.wash​ing​ton​times​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​2015​/​a​p​r​/​1​/​c​h​r​i​s​t​o​p​h​e​r​-​h​a​r​p​e​r​-​60​-​m​i​n​u​t​e​s​-​b​a​s​h​a​r​-​a​s​s​a​d​-​i​n​t​ervi/

Kassem Eid survived the 2013 sarin massacre in Syria in which 1,400 people died, so it wasn’t surprising that CNN contacted him to talk about the most recent attack and the Trump administration’s response.

What happened next stunned CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.

“For the very first time, we see Assad held accountable just for once, held accountable for his crimes against humanity. I was overwhelmed. I felt grateful for President Trump. I felt grateful for the United States. I felt grateful for each and every person who lobbied and kept on talking until someone actually listened,” Eid said.

In an apparent attempt to keep the Syrian survivor on the media talking points about refugees, Baldwin played a video of Hillary Clinton bashing Trump over his immigration plan.

Eid didn’t take the bait.

“Help us stay in our country, and if you just give me a few seconds just to tell President Trump once again, please, sir, what you did was amazing, what you did was powerful message of hope for a lot of people inside and outside of Syria,” he told a dumbstruck Baldwin.

He criticized those who demonstrated against the immigration policies but failed to protest against the sarin attacks in 2013 and now. “I didn’t see you raising your voice against President Obama’s inaction in Syria that led us refugees, that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria. If you really care about refugees, if you really care about helping us, please, help us STAY in our — in our country. We don’t want to come to [the] United States. We want to STAY in our country.”

It’s unlikely that Eid will be asked again for his comments on CNN anytime soon, but his message should be shared and shared again.

Here is his interview on CNN:

As a reporter, I covered Syria for many years. What has occurred over the past six years is one of the worst examples of genocide in history. Although Assad and the self-proclaimed Islamic State bear most of the responsibility for what has happened, the Obama administration’s lack of any coherent strategy except to make idle threats allowed these forces of evil to devastate the country. The Trump administration does not have to commit itself to full-scale involvement in Syria, but the decision to launch missiles gave aid and comfort to Eid and many like him.

Here are some of my most recent columns about Syria:

The media and Syria: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/11/harper-in-syria-war-debate-media-are-missing-in-ac/

The role Hezbollah in Syria: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/19/harper-media-overlook-key-player-in-middle-east-cr/

Bashar Assad and 60 Minutes’ dreadful interview: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/1/christopher-harper-60-minutes-bashar-assad-intervi/