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Local Syrian Americans voice concerns about military action against Syria

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Demonstrations were held around the country and in Louisville to oppose military action against Syria. Demonstrations were held around the country and in Louisville to oppose military action against Syria.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Demonstrations were held around the country and in Louisville to oppose military action against Syria. The president said he will seek approval from congress before taking any military action against Syria. President Obama wants to strike Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against rebels and civilians.  He said the use of such weapons is "an assault on human dignity."  

Dozens gathered for a peace rally at a church parking lot on Bardstown Road to oppose using U.S. military force against the Syrian regime.

"I think it's worth it to get out here and make our voices heard," said demonstrator Brian Good.  "I don't think that this military intervention is in our national interest or the world's interest."

It was a quiet demonstration along Bardstown Road but drivers honked as they drove by supporting the group.  Meanwhile, Louisville residents who have family in Syria have been glued to the internet and TV to see the latest on what's happening overseas. 

"It makes me angry to see that the world is sitting there watching," said Syrian American Lila Lutfi.

Sitting back isn't an option according to Louisville residents Laila Lutfi and Ammar Almasalkhi, who both have family in Syria.

"There is only one way to maintain peace on earth by opposing evil," said Syrian American Almasalkhi.

"A lot of my family has left Syria because of what is happening," said Lutfi.  "The ones that remain there, sometimes I worry the last call that I make it's the last call with them."

"This should not happen in 21st century," said Almasalkhi.

Saturday, Syrians continued to flee to neighboring countries, as the possibility of US military action against Syria grows.

The Obama administration has positioned the military for a strike against the country as punishment for the recent use of chemical weapons that reportedly killed more than 1,400 men, women and children.

Many say there's no strong evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people.

Lutfi and Almasalkhi said that the haunting images of people in their native country suffering at the hands of this bloody civil war that has dragged for too long is beyond heartbreaking and something needs to be done.

"The root of the problem is the Assad regime," said Lutfi.  "They keep on killing people in the most inhumane of ways and stop at nothing. It's never too little too late."

The team of UN inspectors on the ground that were gathering and determining what happened on August 21st involving a possible chemical weapons attack have now left Syria. They are now in Europe and are expected to give out those samples they collected to various laboratories before presenting their findings to the United Nations.

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