May ___, 2002
The President
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

First and foremost, I am writing to thank you for your courageous leadership during these troubled times in the Middle East. I applaud your Administrationís involvement in the Middle East conflict and the efforts underway to move the region away from violence and toward a comprehensive peace.

I am concerned about legislation that was recently introduced in the House and Senate that could exacerbate, rather than calm, the growing frustrations throughout the Middle East. This legislation, the Syria Accountability Act of 2002, requires you to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions on Syria that could restrict U.S. companies from trading with Syria, as well as investing or operating in Syria.

I believe that Americans and the U.S. business community would willingly make sacrifices to protect our national interests, and those of our close allies. However, it is difficult to see how a loss of U.S. trade and investment with Syria will provide a path to accomplish the billís otherwise laudable objectives. It is also abundantly clear that unilateral economic sanctions will force hundreds of U.S. businesses, like ours, to surrender opportunities and jobs to foreign companies.

On behalf of (Company Name) and our employees who have benefited from commercial relations with Syria, I respectfully request you to support U.S. businesses and our broader interests in the Middle East by opposing the Syria Accountability Act of 2002.


Best Regards,



cc: Colin L. Powell, U.S. Secretary of State Donald L. Evans, U.S. Secretary of Commerce