September 6th, 2013
04:11 AM ET

Syrian-American Tells Chris Cuomo: "We Are Happy With Our Regime. We've Been Very Happy With It"

With a live studio audience looking on, and asking questions throughout, Thursday night, "New Day's" Chris Cuomo filled in for Piers Morgan, hosting a town-hall style show dedicated to Syria.

As Congress continues to analyze the data and debate the implications of a military strike against the Syrian regime, "Piers Morgan Live" invited a live studio audience, almost half of which were Syrian-American, to share their perspectives.

A notable discussion about Assad's regime developed between one such audience member and panel guest Nick Kristof of "The New York Times."

"We want to show America and the world the other side of the story that is not being covered," Tom Sarcon, a Syrian-American told guest host Cuomo.

"We are happy with our regime. We've been very happy with it."

The New York Times' Kristof rebutted Sarcon's statement:

"If President [Bashar al-]Assad thought the majority of people would support him, he would have an election," Kristof notes.

"There is no doubt that there are significant communities within Syria that support the president. A great portion of the Christian community supports President Assad. There's also no doubt that the majority of the country is Sunni and is very unhappy with Assad. And he would lose an election."

Standing by his statement, Sarcom pushed back against Kristof's explanation:

"I think it's our right to decide our future and our regime," he emphasized. "It's no one's business to decide."

From the U.S. administration's perspective, Pentagon spokesman George Little explained the case for a strike.

"Many countries around the world have come out and rejected what the Syrian regime has done and condemned the regime for their actions. This is about standing up for that norm and we believe that it's rooted in the legitimacy of what the international community accepts as responsible behavior. And we expect the Syrian regime to stop their use of chemical weapons and we should send a clear message that what they did last month was absolutely intolerable."


CNN's Newt Gingrich explained why he's against the plan of using U.S. military actions in Syria:



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  1. Nihad

    It's strange for Syrian Americans to support a regime that doesn't offer it's people the freedom that they enjoy living in the US. I pity those people who wants to have it both way. Corruption, lack of works, decline in education are sufficient to allow a reform to restore a form of democracy for a country of over 22 million. Mr Assad has brought it on himself by shooting at peaceful demonstrations instead of opining dialogues with the Syrian people. With all and all the regime is responsible for bringing all these extremists to Syria. Look at Syria now the cradle of civilization has been reduced to shanti town.

    September 6, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply

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