Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Ford Continues the Good Fight from Home

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Ford Continues the Good Fight from Home

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Last week, the United States expelled Syria's ambassador following the Houla Massacre, but the two countries still technically have diplomatic relations, with Ambassador Robert Ford, only recently Senate-confirmed, continuing to launch rhetorical salvos at the Assad regime.

Ford is not currently in Syria: as the Baltimore Sun reports, he's lying low in his hometown of Charm City. But a State Department spokesperson told me last week, "Ambassador Ford remains the United States Ambassador to Syria and its people. As the president's representative, he continues his work and engagement with the Syrian people as head of our Syria team in Washington. Together with other senior U.S. officials, Ambassador Ford maintains contacts with the Syrian opposition and continues our efforts to support the peaceful political transition which the Syrian people have so bravely sought."

Part of that has included penning things like this note, published last week on the U.S. Embassy in Damascus's Facebook page. "The May 25 massacre in the village of Tall Daww, Houla, is the most unambiguous indictment of the regime to date and clearly illustrates Syrian government's flagrant violations of its U.N. Security Council obligations under Resolutions 2042 and 2043 along with the regime's ongoing threat to peace and security." He continued: "We hold the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives, and we encourage all countries to condemn the actions of the Assad regime."

And then he really went off, going after the regime's enablers: "Russia continues to supply the Syrian military with arms. …

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