"Syria's Christians Continue to Stand by Assad Regime." GlobalPost. February 5, 2012. Accessed October 17, 2015. Even Obama agrees. Obama met with the delegation of Eastern Christians patriarchs in September 2014 during Laborfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1, 2014 and said that Assad protected Christians in Syria, protected under Syria's 1973 constitution, which has guaranteed their religious freedom and allowed them to operate churches and schools. "Obama: Assad Protected Christians In Syria." MintPress News. Accessed October 11, 2015. They believe that Assads downfall would lead to a victory for militant Sunni Islamists, who would turn Syria into a state governed by Sharia law, intolerant of religious dissent. However, Sunnis resented the restrictions on them such as forming groups that are founded on ethnic, religious, regional or tribal basis.
Cline, Austin. "Islam and Muslims: Alawis." About.com Agnosticism/Atheism. Accessed October 11, 2015. "Syria and Mass Sensationalism against the Secular State." Syria and Mass Sensationalism against the Secular State. Accessed October 11, 2015. Also, Assad had forgotten to include the kurds in this secular state. He discriminated against them for decades, deeming them as illegal immigrants and denying them citizenship. Barwari, Delovan. "The Syrian Kurds: A Key Element in the Syrian Conflict." The Huffington Post. Accessed October 16, 2015.
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- JosefOlmert.pdf Prescription Firstly it is important to address Canada’s current contribution to the aid of the Syrians. We have resettled 2300 refugees so far. "Canada Needs to Do ‘more of Everything,’ including Military Strikes, Stephen Harper Says | Toronto Star." Thestar.com. Accessed October 11, 2015. Canada’s current national policy includes, 503.5 million in international humanitarian assistance since january 2012. The government has announced a Syria Emergency Relief Fund on september 12 2015. We have also donated 233.2 million to developing projects in Syria to support basic services and other infrastructure. We have spent 81.7 million in security and stability initiatives and 59.2 million of this is destined for Jordan to aid in their refugee crisis and anti- terrorism capabilities. As for the syrian refugees in Canada, we have taken in more than 3500 syrians as of september 1 2015. We are committed to accepting 11 300 by 2017. "Explainer: Canada and the Syrian Refugee Problem." Ottawa Citizen. September 3, 2015. Accessed October 11, 2015. Canada had also contributed to the US-led coalition effort to combat ISIS. On April 8 2015, Canada performed its first airstrike after the governments decision to expand IMPACT to include contributions to US airstrikes in Syria.
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