The United States was and is considered a staunch supporter of political reforms in Syria as demanded by the Syrians from dictator Bashar al-Assad. Section of opposition forces in Syria have also been calling the US intervention to get rid of the despot, but the Obama administration has not responded to their call yet. Syrians believe and expect from the US the role that it played in Libya to get people freedom from decades-old dictator Muammer al-Qaddafi.
On Friday, a large number of pro-democracy Syrians were shocked to hear the news that the US was planning to close its embassy in Damascus, the Syrian capital. Majority of Syrians termed it a major blow to their struggle against the regime as the presence of US diplomats was a great encouragement to them. It is reported that the US would also evacuate all its personnel from the country, as the regime is not willing to provide needed security to the officials.
It has been said the US embassy will remain shuttered unless enhanced security is not provided. The decision of the Obama administration will definitely bring a soothing effect for the dictator, as he has been raising concern over involvement of the US in fuelling insurgency in the country. Assad has repeatedly charged the Obama administration of funding and financing the people against his regime for its vested interests in the country.
The US has been raising voice against violence in Syria and urged the regime for a number of times to resolve the issue amicably - the Obama administration also tried to move the United Nations Security Council where the resolution against the regime was vetoed by Russia and China - but majority of opposition members in Syria still believe that the US has not done as much as was expected from it.
Indeed, the US Embassy in Syria was attacked by a group of people loyal to Assad on July 11 last year - where window panes of the embassy were smashed and graffiti was scrawled on walls of it - but it does not mean the US should decide to close its embassy owing to the heightened security threats from the culprits.
Violence still continues in Syria as security forces loyal to the regime are busy in intimidating, torturing, kidnapping and killing of those who have been demanding political reforms and an end to the monarchic rule in the country. Amid the deteriorating law and order situation of the country, the closure of the US embassy in the country would be a symbolic victory of the regime against the Obama administration.
The regime would successfully pose to the pro-democracy people that their benefactor and well wisher was forced to flee the country. Therefore, they should also reconcile to the regime if they want to save their skin from the security forces.