Local Syrians support American intervention in crisis
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:18:29 GMT —
The Obama administration is strongly considering a response in the crisis in Syria.
Images of chemical warfare have local Syrians hoping America will do something to stop the violence.
Lema Barazi was born in Syria and moved to Houston as a young girl.
Now a practicing lawyer in Hidalgo County, she is worried about family members left behind in Syria, a war ravaged country.
Watching the violence unfold online, she hopes America will step in and do something to stop it.
"There is international law against the use of chemical and biological weapons during warfare, especially against civilians and innocent bystanders like children. I think if we don TMt intervene and stop these actions we are setting a very dangerous precedent for other countries to do the same, Barazi said.
Edinburg doctor Ghanem Daghestani grew up in Syria but hasn't returned since he left in 1985.
He too worries what has become of much of his family.
"A lot of my family members are over there and some of them we don TMt know what happened to them. They have been displaced but we don TMt know where they are, Daghestani said.
Daghestani argues what Syrian president Bashar Assad is doing to his people is worse than Adolf Hitler.
"Hitler killed a minority of his own people, Assad is killing the majority of his people.
To stop the violence, Daghestani hopes America will show its force --- by launching an attack.
"Our message to Obama is really, ~please, Mr. President, let TMs not stop. We have to get rid of those people and the whole regime, TM Daghestani said.
The White House says any military action against Syria will be limited and won't be aimed at forcing Assad from power but Daghestani warns, the United States mustn TMt do a half job.
"Do it now, but do it right. Let TMs not wound a bear and let the bear get its revenge, Daghestani said.
Barazi says Syrians just want a fair fight.
"I don TMt want American soldiers to have to put themselves in harm TMs way but a leveling of the playing field would be nice, Barazi said.