Some local Syrian-Americans back U.S. strike on Syria

September 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Looking at the crisis in Syria, there is the possibility the United States could strike Syria in response to that government's suspected use of chemical weapons on its own people.

Tuesday evening, the Senate put forth a resolution that bars the use of U.S. ground troops and would set a time limit for any kind of military operation. However, while lawmakers debate, a new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds that nearly six in 10 Americans oppose unilateral U.S. missile strikes against Syria.

Here at home, Syrian-Americans are taking to the phones and social networking sites to get support for a U.S.-led military strike on Syria.

Feras Alhlou and his 19-year-old daughter, Youman, are working non-stop from their San Jose kitchen table. They're trying to save Syria. They've sent out an action alert to Bay Area Syrian-Americans to ask members of Congress to support a military strike on Syria.

"We want them to speak with any Syrian family and they'll know about the suffering that Syrians have gone through," said Feras.

In Washington Tuesday, the president told leaders of Congress what a strike would look like.

"It is limited. It does not involve boots on the ground. This is not Iraq and this is not Afghanistan," said President Barack Obama.

Even top Republicans backed the president's plan.

"We have enemies around the world that need to understand that we're not going to tolerate this type of behavior," said Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Youman hopes other lawmakers feel the same so she's calling district offices to share her story about her aunt in Syria who hasn't left her home in months.

"She is kind of in a really bad area where if she left the house, it's dangerous for her and her daughter," said Youman.

Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, doesn't plan to support a military strike, especially not one that can lead to even more casualties.

"If you aren't going to do it with boots [on the ground], then what are you going to do it with? Drones? Smart Bombs?" said Honda.

Hundreds of Syrian-Americans will rally for U.S. intervention on Saturday in San Francisco, two days before Congress will vote on the war resolution.


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