Triangle residents take sides on Syria


People against a possible strike plan are holding a rally in Durham Monday, as President Barack Obama hits the airwaves to try to convince Americans that limited strikes against Syria are needed for the United States' long-term safety after a chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrian people, including over 400 children.

Secretary of State John Kerry is vehemently defending the case against President Bashar Assad, saying his denial of chemical weapons use is "contradicted by fact."

Obama is making his case for punishing Assad for what the United States says argues was his decision to use chemical weapons against his own people - a charge Assad has denied.

Meanwhile, public opinion on whether to strike against Syria is all across the board.

"I hope we don't go to war," said Eva Kang, a sentiment from a Triangle mother shared by many fellow Americans.

In a Washington Post-ABC poll, 59 percent of Americans who participated said the U.S. should not launch a missile strike against the Syrian government. "It's another Iraq," said Triangle resident Charles Vanwinkle.

"I'm less interested in what we might do militarily and more about what we could do about a peace keeping perspective," another resident, Robert Coleman, said.

Coleman said he believes the U.S. should intervene but without the use of weapons. He believes our focus should be the refugees who have fled Syria for safety.

"I feel like there's more that you could do there that has less of a chance of backfiring, is to protect the refugees," said Coleman.

In an interview, Syria's President has already implied possible retaliation should the U.S. intervene in his nation's civil war.

The President is scheduled to speak to the nation Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

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