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Syrian Americans in the Triangle divided over military intervention

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Earlier today, President Obama, sharply criticized Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons against his own people. He's calling on Congress to join him in using military force against the regime. Ferial Alawar, is Syrian Lebanese American and said, "Stop all this nonsense. We just want peace."

Ferial Alawar has lived in the States for decades, but said she still has a lot of family and friends back in Syria.

"My Mom, my uncles, my brothers, I have a lot of family in Syria."

She came out on the corner of Peace Street and Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh today to show her support for her loved ones.

A crowd of Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians were demonstrating from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM on how they oppose any military intervention. But President Obama said, "What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight, and pay no price?"

President Obama has already made up his mind earlier today saying, "We cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happened in Damascus." He said, there's enough intelligence that connects Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to the use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Rania Masri, is Lebanese American and said she's against military intervention.  "We know that bombing Syrian communities will only result in more bloodshed, more refugees, and more radicalization."

Masri is a Professor and spends most of her time teaching in Syria's neighboring country, Lebanon.

"What the Syrian people need is a ceasefire" said Masri. She said diplomacy is the answer, not violence. But other Syrian Americans say talking won't solve anything. Ahmed DB is a Syrian American from the Triangle and said, "Support the Free Syrian Army with better equipment, better communication, real weapons, and a no fly zone. Nobody likes war, but at this point of time when a tyrant is killing more people the silence of the world is killing them more."

President Obama said that he has the authority to take military action immediately, but will wait until he has the support of Congress, before taking any action. 

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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