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house Bill H. Res. 1165

Condemning the Assad Regime, Russia, and Iran For War Crimes in Syria

Argument in favor

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its supporters in Iran and Russia have committed countless crimes against humanity. The House should show the world where it stands on the future of Syria by passing this resolution.

Martha's Opinion
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12/03/2018
Though it is a non-binding resolution, it is important for the U.S., through its Congress, the voice of the people, to condemn al-Assad and his supporters for crimes against humanity. Our president does not show respect for the rule of law, nor for condemning any tyrant, .... so it's important for the world to know what the actual country's people think, apart from this current president.
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Paul's Opinion
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12/03/2018
Sometimes symbolism is more important than substance. This bill is one of those times. It can't hurt and might help.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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12/04/2018
This resolution would condemn the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its atrocities against the people of Syria, along with the governments of Iran and Russia for supporting Assad in his commission of war crimes should be passed post haste. Further, the resolution calls for a political settlement that results in a Syrian government that isn’t a threat to its own people and abandons its chemical weapons program
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Argument opposed

While the crimes of Assad and his supporters should be held to account, a non-binding House resolution isn’t going to accomplish that so more should be done. Alternatively, the U.S. isn’t in a position to condemn the actions of Assad and his backers.

burrkitty's Opinion
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12/11/2018
Condemnation on one hand, but they are still selling our weapons and technology to them with the other hand. It’s not even symbolic. This is just open hypocrisy.
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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12/11/2018
Pardon my French but ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? We are ACTIVELY causing - CAUSING - an artificial famine in Yemen through our blockade, which not only means that we're starving people to death, but also means that we're preventing medicines getting into the country, thereby creating - CREATING - the worst cholera epidemic in modern history. And THAT nation with blood on its hands wants to sit in the seat of judgment on war crimes?? Pause your BS virtue signaling long enough to HAVE SOME ACTUAL VIRTUES.
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IllWill's Opinion
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12/11/2018
Hypocrisy doesn’t even begin to describe this resolution. We’ve been engaging in war crimes in Syria as well by bombing them and arming extremists in the region just for the sake of fighting Assad which has only prolonged the war, killed thousands of civilians, and has led to a huge refugee crisis. Plus, we sell weapons to Saudi Arabia which they’re using to bomb Yemen, creating another humanitarian crisis in that country.
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    IntroducedNovember 30th, 2018

What is House Bill H. Res. 1165?

This resolution would condemn the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its atrocities against the people of Syria, along with the governments of Iran and Russia for supporting Assad in his commission of war crimes. It would note that the deployment of more than 68,000 Russian troops, plus the introduction of over 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and 20,000 Iran-controlled militia fighters has helped the Assad regime survive. Further, the resolution calls for a political settlement that results in a Syrian government that isn’t a threat to its own people and abandons its chemical weapons program, while not giving Iran a platform to threaten Syria’s neighbors such as Israel.

Additionally, the resolution would call on the president and secretary of state to determine whether militias operating in Syria under the command of the IRGC are terrorist organizations that should be sanctioned.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

The Assad regime, Russia, and Iran; the House of Representatives; and the secretary of state and president.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 1165

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced this bill to condemn the Assad regime along with its backers in Russia and Iran over their atrocities and war crimes against the Syrian people:

“After seven years of war and the deaths of more than half of a million people, the atrocities of the Assad regime are still ongoing with the help of Russia and Iran. The United States must push for an end to the violence and suffering in Syria and hold the perpetrators accountable.”

Of Note: In May 2017, the House passed the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which would sanction supporters of the Assad regime and aim to bring the war to an end so war criminals can be prosecuted. It hasn’t been considered by the Senate.


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Official Title

Condemning the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.

    Though it is a non-binding resolution, it is important for the U.S., through its Congress, the voice of the people, to condemn al-Assad and his supporters for crimes against humanity. Our president does not show respect for the rule of law, nor for condemning any tyrant, .... so it's important for the world to know what the actual country's people think, apart from this current president.
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    Condemnation on one hand, but they are still selling our weapons and technology to them with the other hand. It’s not even symbolic. This is just open hypocrisy.
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    Pardon my French but ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? We are ACTIVELY causing - CAUSING - an artificial famine in Yemen through our blockade, which not only means that we're starving people to death, but also means that we're preventing medicines getting into the country, thereby creating - CREATING - the worst cholera epidemic in modern history. And THAT nation with blood on its hands wants to sit in the seat of judgment on war crimes?? Pause your BS virtue signaling long enough to HAVE SOME ACTUAL VIRTUES.
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    Sometimes symbolism is more important than substance. This bill is one of those times. It can't hurt and might help.
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    Hypocrisy doesn’t even begin to describe this resolution. We’ve been engaging in war crimes in Syria as well by bombing them and arming extremists in the region just for the sake of fighting Assad which has only prolonged the war, killed thousands of civilians, and has led to a huge refugee crisis. Plus, we sell weapons to Saudi Arabia which they’re using to bomb Yemen, creating another humanitarian crisis in that country.
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    Condeming is not enough
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    This resolution would condemn the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its atrocities against the people of Syria, along with the governments of Iran and Russia for supporting Assad in his commission of war crimes should be passed post haste. Further, the resolution calls for a political settlement that results in a Syrian government that isn’t a threat to its own people and abandons its chemical weapons program
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    This war crime must be condemned!
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    We need to stop supporting governments and regimes that commit such human rights violations, but these are the exact gov. that Trump loves.
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    He is a dictator/assassin who has willfully murdered thousands of his own people and left towns in ruin. He has no conscience. A Hitler. Why we have allowed his murdering ways to continue is a horrible reason; money.
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    Do not go to war, but yes, always condemn war crimes.
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    Murder Incorporated
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    There is reason to believe that some events were staged to manufacture continued support for war. The message from defense contractors is to continue our involvement in Yemen because it is good for profits. I am sure the same has been true since WWII and the true reason behind 9/11
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    Call it what it is - WAR CRIMES! Condemn the Syrian dictator and Russia for supporting him. We need our president to stop kissing Putin's A** and put strict sanctions on this nation.
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    All 3 should be condemned by US none stand with American values therefore should be condemned.
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    Our Democracy framework doesn’t support these dangerous regimes.
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    Binding or not the Rouge régime and its backers need to know THAT WE ARE WATCHING and paying attention.
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    I am always in favor of calling out the modern Axis of Iran, Syria, and Russia. The President has done well with regard to Syria by striking the Syrian Army with missiles twice, supporting our Kurdish and SDF Allies in Syria, and by laying the smack down on ISIL in Iraq and Syria. More work to be done though!
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    We have aided and abetted Assad. We have played both sides against the middle. I want nothing to do with Assad and his murderous actions.
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    Every little bit helps keep the issue alive.
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