More politicians are using Facebook pages as a way to get their message across to voters. Robert Ford, the United States’ ambassador to Syria, used social media to deliver a stern warning to that country’s military.
The ambassador told Syrian soldiers that they could be prosecuted for crimes against humanity as they continue to spread violence in the war-torn country. From his note on the U.S. Embassy Damascus page:
Members of the Syrian military should reconsider their support for a regime that is losing the battle. The Assad regime cannot outlast the desire of Syrian people for a democratic state. The officers and soldiers of the Syrian military have a choice to make. Do they want to expose themselves to criminal prosecution by supporting the barbaric actions of the Assad regime against the Syrian people? Or do they want to help secure the role of the professional military in a democratic Syria by supporting the Syrian people and their transition to an inclusive, tolerant, and representative democracy that respects human rights and equal, fair treatment for all components of the Syrian nation?
The post has already gained significant attention, with more than 300 comments and over 40 shares. Ford has made a habit of using the embassy’s Facebook page to get the message across, as evidenced by past notes.
Syria has had a tumultuous relationship with the social network. Last year, the country lifted a five-year ban on Facebook. Syrian citizens previously tried organizing their own social media sites, as a way to work around proxies and firewalls to speak their mind and protest the government.
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