The violent situation in Syria has people fleeing the country to escape a possible U.S. strike.
"It's a disastrous situation we are losing friends and family every day," said Mohammad Alsolaiman, MD, Syrian native.
Utah doctors Mazen Sires and Mohammed Alsolaiman are both from Syria. They tell Reporter Brian Carlson before they moved to the United States, they were accustomed to a life of fear, but what's happening now to their war-torn homeland is too frightening even for them.
"You get shot by sniper, bomb, missile attack, air strikes, I mean if you go to bed you're not sure if you're going to wake up," said Mazen Sires, MD, Syrian native.
Syrian rebels are being blamed for using chemical weapons on a Damascus neighborhood that killed hundreds of civilians. However U.S. intelligence claims to have evidence Bashar Al Assad's regime, the reigning power in Syria, ordered the strike. Now President Obama is considering military action.
"When countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, they have to be held accountable," said President Obama.
So far 81 members of congress are asking the President to consult them first before making a military strike. That includes Utah Congressman Chris Stewart. He and others signed a letter telling the president, which reads in part:
"We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict."
If you ask Sires and Alsolaiman, they said the U.S. should not only get involved, but do it quickly.
"I really think it should've happened two years ago," said Alsolaiman.
"Hopefully it's not too late, action should be taken, not how and why, but when," said Sires.
Right now U.S. commanders are awaiting orders from the President. But we're told that will not likely come until U.N. investigators are out of Damascus, that won't happen until several days from now.
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