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Local Syrians Ask for United States Intervention

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By Clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Two years too long-- that's what local Syrians are saying about the United States' delayed action in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

One of those Syrians is Dr. Sami Sakaan. Sakaan says his heart breaks watching his homeland being torn apart by one man.

"I think measures have to be taken to restore security to the people, and to make sure the tragic pictures and videos will not happen again. To any people or any children again around the world," Sakaan said.

Dr. Sakaan says his family fled the Syrian civil war nine months ago, his grandmother, however stayed. Sakaan's family aren't the only ones, since the beginning of the war one third of Syrians have fled. He says President Obama needs to act before more innocent lives are lost.

"The more we wait, the more we keep our hands off of it, the more complex it gets and more radical it gets," he said.

National polls suggest less than ten percent of Americans agree with Dr. Sakaan's wishes to involve the United States in Syrian affairs. Sakaan says those who disagree should think of the hurting families, elderly and children.

Mohamed Salem agrees. Salem is originally from Palestine and says what's going on in Syria doesn't just affect those people but that entire portion of the world.

"Most [of the people] are mad at America for refusing to help and at the moment most have stopped watching american news channels because they are not doing anything," Salem said.

The Jackson Islamic Center says the crisis in Syria goes beyond race, color and religion; it's about humanity.

"Anybody who has love in their hearts, Muslim or non-Muslim, has to stop this massacre," Imam Mohamed Nasr said.

Local Syrians say it isn't just about saving Syrians. They say in-action could lead to battles on American turf.

"They have been escalating step-by-step, seeing what the international community will do and they've done nothing," Sakaan said.

Imam Nasr says people need to look inside their own hearts and think what they would do for their own families. "This is a responsibility of all the people in the world to help the Syrian people," he said.

Dr. Sami Sakaan says he worries everyday about his grandma. He says the village where he's from is currently without power, water, and electricity due to the fighting so he has been unable to contact her. He says he prays everyday for her safety.

Tennessee Senators aren't in agreement on whether the United States should act. . Senator Lamar Alexander is undecided. Senator Bob Corker, the ranking member of the senate foreign relations committee, approves of limited action.
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