Syrians vow to “burn America’s skies” on Obama’s Facebook

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DALLAS –  As the U.S. marches toward war with Syria, thousands of Syrians bombarded President Obama’s Facebook page with threats of retaliation.

Comments from seemingly original profiles represented Syrians from the cities of Homs, Tartous, Damascus and Aleppo and more. Warnings of counter-attacks on U.S. soil and against Israel were not confined to one photograph or post, but the most disturbing were observed on today’s picture honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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This comment was pasted 356 times at last check in both English and Arabic:

“We will burn the cities of the United States if it attacked Syria, and will remove Israel from the map.” Others referenced burning America’s skies and called for immediate jihad retaliation should America strike “another Muslim land”.

The second most common remarks were also in English or Arabic and translated by Facebook:

“To the American people: Have you ever asked yourselves why your flag is burning all over the world by protesters? We always distinguish between the American regime and the American people…but if the American people remain silent they will be murders as their government. Wake-up Americans and stand for humanity.”

One poster, Al-Assad Buttar, wrote and then apparently deleted this comment, “You will attack my people based on still unconfirmed reports? The rebels have all the advantage in claiming this happened while killing children themselves. U.S. has been arming and fighting Al Qaeda so long and you cannot see this because you want war and nothing will stop your blood thirst. Bomb one more country and we will rain fire from the sky.”

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Anti-government Internet activists claim these comments were likely organized by “cyber-thugs” working for the Syrian government. The battlefield of the civil war has taken place before on Twitter and Facebook. During the 2011 uprising, social media feeds documented egregious government abuses and organized protests, allowing revolutionaries to circumvent government censors.

Should Americans be worried? Analysts familiar with the tangled web of Middle Eastern politics warned repeatedly that a strike would likely net a wave of terrorism directed at the U.S. and Israel. Even if Internet activists do not take action beyond social media, Hezbollah, supports Syrian the government and could retaliate swiftly against Israel.

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