Syrians in Jacksonville area want peace
Group extremely concerned about what's next for their native country
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The President's recommendation to strike Syria certainly has the attention of the Syrian community here in Jacksonville.
One group is extremely concerned about what's next for their native country.
"You know, just the thought of losing them is just scary," said Judat Yazji. "They all have families and children. They're moms and dads."
Yazji talks about the fear he has for his family back in his native Syria. He is among a small group of Syrian men and women. Some wore T-shirts, others had flags draped over their shoulders during a protest Saturday. All are against any American strike.
"When I see something that is not right, it's not the same. It's wrong," said Yazji. "You've just got to act."
This all comes after Saturday's announcement from the White House, when President Obama announced that he will leave the decision to strike in the hands of Congress.
Obama said the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 civilians, many of them children.
"Here's my question for every member of congress and every member of the global community: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?" Obama said Saturday.
For this local group, the president's explanation isn't enough. They don't believe the government was involved at all.
They also said it's not just about saving the lives of Syrians. In the end, all they want is no more violence.
"We don't feel like an army or a regime can attack its own people. We don't feel that that's true," said Dena Yazji. "It's obviously rebels that are terrorizing our country."
"At the same time, we don't want to see American soldiers get killed just because they're going in for no reason," said George Samara. "We're not fighting the United States. We just want peace. We don't need anymore killing."
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