Syrians in North Texas are divided over U.S. military action

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 10:45 PM

Syrians living in North Texas are divided about U.S. involvement in their home country.

Majd Kamalmaz has had many sleepless nights thinking about his family overseas. He says the horrific images of chemical weapon victims in Damascus are tough to watch.

“People no longer understand the value of what human being is any more when you see so many bodies,” he said.

Kamalmaz added that some Syrian cities are now ghost towns, and other areas in the country have turned into battlefields.

He calls his family on a regular basis to check up on them.

“Region after region have been migrating from one place to another seeking shelter and safety,” Kamalmaz said.

President Obama on Saturday made a strong plea to Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad's regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Kamalmaz feels U.S. involvement is coming too late. He wishes there had been wider support more than two years ago when the military clashes started.

But not everyone is on board with America’s involvement overseas.

“This will exacerbate the suffering of the Syrian people and expand the war into a regional war,” said Hadi Jawad of the Dallas Peace Center.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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