Syrian government supporters smashed windows at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus on Monday, raised a Syrian flag and scrawled graffiti calling the American ambassador a "dog" in anger over the envoy's visit last week to an opposition stronghold, witnesses said.

French Embassy security guards fired in the air to hold back supporters of President Bashar Assad's regime who were also protesting the French ambassador's visit to the same city, Hama, in central Syria. One witness said three protesters were injured when guards beat them with clubs. The witness asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The US needs to thank these thugs for being so dumb. This attack will do wonders for American creditability in the Arab world. Supporters of a government that has murdered hundreds of civilians, tortured thousands, arrested journalists, demonstrates that the US is their enemy? You could not ask for more.