'No War with Syria' rally held in Durham

September 9, 2013 8:14:25 PM PDT
Many people in the Triangle and across the nation are pushing back against a possible military strike against Syria.

A handful of people gathered in Durham Monday evening against military action.

"Bombs will not make us safer," said protester Vicki Ryder.

Rania Masri was among those in attendance. She was standing up for her friends in Syria.

"If we want a political solution, it cannot exist under the bombing campaign President Obama is going for," said Masri.

However, not everyone agrees. One Triangle man says it is time for the U.S. to step in. A man from Syria believes there should be military action. He says his own family is divided.

"I think he [Assad] is buying time," said Bilal Kanawati.  

Kanawati says the time will allow Assad to attack more people.  He grew up in Syria, and still has family there living in fear.

"I lost a couple of cousins," said Kanawati. "They were killed by the Assad regime."

That happened earlier this year after the chemical attack President Assad is accused of issuing. Kanawati says he understands why the majority of Americans are against it, but he says Assad needs to be stopped.

"When you see Assad destroying a whole city and nobody saying anything," said Kanawati. "It's just a matter of time until he destroys more in Damascus where the majority of people are there."

Even in his own family, Kanawati says there are those who side with these protesters who believe an attack would only lead to more trouble.

So while all sides voice concern, they will have to watch and wait on what comes out of Washington.  

As far as how local lawmakers feel about a possible military attack, at last check, Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan say they'll vote yes. Four North Carolina representatives say they'll vote no. The others, at last check, remain undecided.

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