As President Barack Obama tries to sell Congress on his plans for Syria, some with ties to the region say the U.S. must intervene.
“Something does have to happen,” said Rita Zawaideh. She has seen the destruction and the suffering first-hand and says the conflict has a huge human toll. Zawaideh leaves for Syria Wednesday with a medical team trying to help thousands of refugees and those caught in the crossfire of the civil war. Zawaideh has loaded several suitcases with medicine, syringes, school supplies and other items to help the people there.
“We're taking everything we can get,” she said.
Zawaideh says she's not completely sold on the president's plan, but believes military strikes on the Syrian Air Force and a no-fly zone are needed.
“Hopefully it's going to be pinpoint targeted to stop the planes,” she said.
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., just returned the region and says he’s not sure about the president’s proposal. Smith says he plans to listen to the arguments for military action but is not convinced it’s the right solution.
“I think we've learned from Iraq and elsewhere there's a limit on what we can impose on other countries around the world to bring stability to them,” Smith said.
Protestors took to Seattle streets to say America can and must help the people there. Ayman Hafez has family in Syria and wants the military there stopped.
“If they, in good faith, know it's going to topple the regime and weaken his military, we are for this,” Hafez said.
Hafez worries if the president can't convince Congress and if the U.S. does not act, the suffering will only continue for his loved ones.
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