Urge President Obama to Target Assad's Enablers of Mass Atrocities
In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, President Obama advocated a broad effort to end the Syrian conflict by renewing peace negotiations. Such a plan must target those who are propping up the Assad regime with weapons, money, fuel, military aid and diplomatic cover.
We must focus not only on those who are perpetrating atrocities in Syria, but also on those who enable them.
Bashar al-Assad does not stand alone. Russia’s state-run arms dealer, Rosoboronexport, has sold the Assad regime about $5 billion worth of weapons since 2008. Other entities—individual, commercial, and state—have supplied him with weapons, ammunition, fuel, shipping, and financial services. Moreover, banks in Russia and many other countries are reported to be sheltering the Assad family fortune.
Please urge President Obama to lead coordinated international action against these enablers. He should begin at home, by ordering the Pentagon to stop ordering helicopters from Rosoboronexport.
For more on the issue, read:
- What the United States Can Do to Tighten Financial Sanctions on the Assad Regime and its Enablers
- Blueprint: How to Stop Doing Business with Russia’s Arm Exporter