Last Sunday evening, hundreds of community members rallied at Dearborn's City Hall to call on the U.S. to cease from arming rebels in Syria, as the country's conflict continues to escalate, resulting in a death toll that the U.N. estimates could now be close to 100,000.
The rally was spearheaded by the Syrian American Forum, whose leaders claim that Syria's rebel forces are mass murderers, who have contributed nothing but terror and destruction to their homeland. Osama Siblani, publisher of The Arab American News, spoke during the onset of the rally and called on President Obama to stay out of Syria's affairs, comparing his administration to George W. Bush's administration during the U.S-Iraq War.
Last month, the White House announced that it would be aiding Syrian rebel groups in their attempts to overthrow President Bashar Al-Assad, claiming that he is a war criminal, who has used chemical weapons against his own people. Many speculate that the U.S. has been quietly supporting the rebels for months now, by funneling weapons to them through the surrounding countries of Jordan and Turkey and by stationing U.S. troops in Jordan and along the southern Syrian border.