But the demonstrators were split. Supporters of Assad and protestors against his regime chanted, sang and danced, and accused the other side of lying. Both sides got into arguments, throwing derogatory terms at the opposition. Police were on hand to occassionally calm tensions.
The Anti-Assad demonstrators explained their movement and goals at counter-rally at Federal Building in Los Angeles. Ms. Hadia Attar, Dr. Azzawi, and Hicham Alani explain why they condemn the Assad regime.
Many supporters of the Assad regime played patriotic music to dance with during the protest. They said they didn’t want American intervention in the conflict, a move they said would likely be in the interest of profit.
Johnny Achi, of Arab-Americans for Syria, said dialogue was the way to peace, and blamed terrorists armed by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the massacre.
“Today in Syria, we have 50 Bin Ladens,” Achi said. “The suicide bombers are killing the policemen and minorities. We are all threatened.”
Achi said he thought his president had done well in trying to reach out to the opposition. “We are more democratic than other countries in the region."
But the other side doesn’t agree. Anti-Assad protestors said the president was responsible for the mass killings. Demonstrator Omar Attar said everything is monitored there, she said, including the Internet and phone calls. Neighbors disappear for no reason.
The world is confused about the real reasons for U.S. military action. Obama's reneging on his Red-Line promise to act when chemical weapons would be used has Israel worried that she trusted his promise to take care of Iran's nuclear weapons if she laid-back before the 2012 election, which she did. What is the Syrian issue all about? Michael Snyder puts forth an educated a theory in "Is the U.S. Going to War with Syria over a Natural Gas Pipeline?"
Why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria? Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won't let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe.
Why is Saudi Arabia spending huge amounts of money to help the rebels and why has Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan been "jetting from covert command centers near the Syrian front lines to the Élysée Palace in Paris and the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to undermine the Assad regime"? Well, it turns out that Saudi Arabia intends to install their own puppet government in Syria which will allow the Saudis to control the flow of energy through the region.
On the other side, Russia very much prefers the Assad regime for a whole bunch of reasons. One of those reasons is that Assad is helping to block the flow of natural gas out of the Persian Gulf into Europe, thus ensuring higher profits for Gazprom.
Now the United States is getting directly involved in the conflict. If the U.S. is successful in getting rid of the Assad regime, it will be good for either the Saudis or Qatar (and possibly for both), and it will be really bad for Russia. This is a strategic geopolitical conflict about natural resources, religion and money, and it really has nothing to do with chemical weapons at all. Read more:
Preparing for a strike
A limited Western attack on Syria will do more damage than good, claims one Arab columnist quoted in Ha'aretz.