NOW ON SALE - See Book Page for FULL information and follow link to order.
- SANDY'S BOOK - A Memoir - The CAMP DAVID ACCORDS 35 years later: No War, No Peace. -- (B&W and Full Color copies are available)
- ALSO ON SALE - THREE new books "The Immigrant Trilogy" - from his Beyond the Cedars series.
(Note - Sandy will personalize any copies of his books. To obtain a signed personalized copy of any of the books send a check for the purchase price plus S&H, and the requested name/ message to Sandy Simon at The Cedars Group, 220 MacFarlane Dr. PH6 Delray Beach FL 33483)
A TESTIMONIAL FROM SANDY SIMON
21 January, 2014
As an American of Syrian lineage, and simply as an American, I
have been very concerned with the bloodshed in my mother's birthplace of
Damascus and pray that the fighting stop there, which has been a nation of hell
for the 24 million innocents trying to live their lives in peace.
It is not in the best interests of The United States and Syria's neighbors: Lebanon, Jordan, Israel that Syria be in chaos and bloodletting.
Recognizing that most Americans have little depth of knowledge about the volatile Middle East region as a whole and Syria in particular, I hoped for some organization to emerge that sought peace in Syria through dialogue, an organization with credible principles and national credibility to bring the best interests of the 24 million innocent Syrian people and in the best interests of these United States, to the forefront of public and political discourse in order to urge our government not to involve itself in the internal affairs of Syria ether by supplying various forces fighting each other with weapons and other military and non-military supplies, which only exacerbate the chaos in Syria. I wanted an organization that could provide the facts.
Twain brilliantly stated" Most of what I know I read in the newspaper.”
Today, it’s the same with almost all Americans. Most Americans’ knowledge of the Middle East comes from what we read in the see and hear on television and what we see in the movies. Very few have actually been there, read foreign press or researched the facts
As an person quite active in the affairs of the Middle East for more than forty years, who has traveled extensively throughout that region, met with heads of state and other high officials of eight of its nations (as requested by the U.S. State Department) and author of four books on the Middle East… and like all Americans, I have had to suffer media half-truths, biased statements, superficial if not totally mistaken information.
could do was what I have done: meet with my Senators and Congresspersons.
But those meetings brought me no feelings of interest nor ideas to resolve the issues. I was frustrated and deeply concerned that our nation and our government's policies were heading in the wrong direction with limited knowledge among our President's advisers, Congress and our State Department.
But what to do? I was frustrated and eagerly looking for possibilities.
Finally, The Syrian American Forum (SAF) was organized by moderate Syrian Americans and came to the fore. I studied SAF's Principles, the leaders' backgrounds, their methods and their goals. I was happy with what I learned, and wanted to better my knowledge of the Syrian situation and how its outcome would impact the vital interests of America in that vital and extremely volatile region of the world we live in.
SAF, I became convinced, was on the right track: Peace in Syria through dialogue, No U.S. military intervention, and hands off Syria's internal politics (which we believe should be left to Syrians). Further, SAF seeks a secular Syria, friendly with the U.S, with equal freedom for all, most importantly, freedom of religion and freedom for women, all of which have been in existence in Syria for many decades.When I coupled my personal knowledge and experiences in the Middle East with the leaders of SAF, I became convinced I should join in their noble effort.
So, I joined SAF, spoke at their conference, sharing my beliefs, and my experiences, and soon was elected Chairman of the Florida Chapter of SAF where I am now a member of the National Board of Directors and a member of the National Policy Committee. We seek, fundamentally, peace in Syria, fulfilling the best interests of America and peace in the greater Middle East. I urge all my friends and all Syrian Americans to join in our honorable cause. I urge all Americans to look into the principles and goals of SAF by joining us as members or Supporters and helping us educate all Americans, members of our Congress, Senate and White House advisors.
Please go to Syrian American Forum.com for more information and how to join us!
The National ADC ( Anti Discrimination Committee) Board of Directors honored Sandy at a February, 8th 2014 meeting by recognizing Sandy for his 40 years of service to Americans of Arabic heritage, seeking better relations between the people of America and the Arab world, educating the American public and seeking to obtain justice in America for those of Arabic heritage." Gratified and humbled, Mr. Simon thanked ADC and the attending audience, encouraging all to be Americans first while remembering their homeland, but always cherishing their heritage. He was recognised as a community leader and for services to the Arab American Community throughout South Florida.