As a Lebanese Arab, I applaud your reluctance to intervene in Syria and denounce the hypocrisy of your Republican opponent Mitt Romney who is claiming that he would intervene militarily in Syria. Here are the reasons why you should maintain the same exact position your administration and your ambassador to the uN, Susan Rice, are articulating:
1- No one wants a repeat of Iraq and Afghanistan (and before them Lebanon in 1982, and Somalia in 1993), where US troops go in with the best of intentions, and end up being besmirched by the very same people who initially advocated US intervention. Right now, everyone is blaming you for "lack of leadership" on Syria, and arguing that the world is waiting for the US to lead. They are all hypocrites and liars, and they want you to intervene because a US intervention will be an endless source of ammunition against the United Stats for decades to come. Not one Arab has ever thanked the US for ridding the world of Saddam Hussein. To the contrary, all the killings committed by America's enemies (suicide bombers and insurgents...) are blamed on the American troops.
2- By helping the Syrian rebels, you would be repeating the mistakes committed by Republican presidents like the Bushes and Reagan who supported the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s, only to see them turn against the US in the form of Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Syrian rebels are in their vast majority members of the Muslim Brotherhood who, even as they are begging you today to intervene, will not hesitate one second before turning against you the moment you rid them of the Assad regime. I know how the Syrians work. They occupied my country for 30 years, and they kept playing one side against the other. They will play nice right now just long enough to bring US troops into Syria, and then it will another decade of insurgency against US troops by the same Muslim Brotherhood now begging you to invade. There is no need for thousands of US troops to be killed, only to promote the rise of yet another Islamocracy in the Middle East. Just look at where the Tunisian, Egyptian, Libyan revolutions have ended: Ruled by Muslim fundamentalists, and they will eventually turn against Israel and America's friends in the region. PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THE SYRIAN REBELS BECAUSE THEY ARE AMERICA's ENEMIES.
3- By letting the ARAB NATIONALIST Baath Party fight it out with the MUSLIM NATIONALISTS for what I hope will be many many long years of fighting, you would be depleting the Arab world and the Middle East of two failed ideologies: Arab nationalism and Islamic nationalism. Let these two narratives demonstrate to the world their capability for hatred and for violence, so that in the end perhaps a chance would emerge for a governance in the Arab world that is based on neither religious supremacy nor nationalist supremacy. They are both equally abhorrent as the past decades have proven. LET THEM SELF-DESTRUCT FOR DECADES, even at the price of innocent deaths. US and NATO interventions in places like Iraq and Afghanistan have in fact increased civilian deaths, so the argument that an intervention will stop the killing is not true. The killings will go on regardless of whether the US or NATO intervene. At least, without a foreign intervention, the Arabs and the Muslims will only have themselves or each other to blame. With a foreign intervention, they will all rally to denounce the foreign intervention.
4- If there should be an intervention, then let it be by the Arabs themselves. There are regional Arab abd Muslim powers with lots of money, men, and weapons: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, the UAE. Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia..... and they all pretend to a common Muslim Umaa that stands against the West. Let this Umma act. Let these powers send in their own joint expedition based on all the common organizations they have (Arab League, the Islamic Conference, etc.). Why can't these countries marshall the will to send in troops, patrol the skies, establish no fly zones, etc.... to end the killing in Syria? Why does it have always have to be the soldiers from US or Europe or NATO? Enough hypocrisy by the Arabs and Muslims. Enough condescension by Westerners like the Republicans who think they should go in every time a dictator farts somewhere in the Globe.
5- Finally, those same regimes in the Arab and Muslim world have themselves long supported the Syrian regime in its human rights abuses and its long and brutal occupation of Lebanon. They are the ones who have propped up that regime, like they did with Saddam Hussein until he invaded one of them (Kuwait), let them shoulder their responsibility in creating the monster now savaging the Syrian people by acting directly and without being dragged into an intervention on an American leash. Also, the Syrian people themselves would so much more dignified if they were to fight a long and bloody fight, only to emerge victorious against their enemy regime without having needed anybody;s help, let alone American and European "imperialist, colonialist, Zionist, neo-Crusader..." help.
You should challenge Mitt Romney on Syria publicly: Let him state (and fumble like the stiff that he is) to the American people exactly WHAT WILL HE DO? and HOW WILL HE PAY FOR IT?
If I was an American voter, I'd vote for you. Please do not intervene in Syria. Do not send US troops to Syria under any form. Let the scum kill the scum in Syria. Let America's enemies kill America's enemies in Syria. The longer this goes on in Syria, the better off America will be in the end. Do not listen to your detractors on Syria because they would love to see you intervene and then blame you. You are the smartest, most decent, most educated President that the US has seen in a long long time. Please keep it that way, and we, here, in the Arab world, look forward to another 4 years of your administration.