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Syrian Tucsonans react to President's speech

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Syrian Tucsonans react to President's speech

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED Sep 10, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a televised war-zone and a horrific reality that Rania and her daughter Sarah watch in awe every day. 

"For us, sitting here and just watching is very hard," Rania told Nine On Your Side.

She moved from Syria to the United States when she was 21, and with family and friends still in the middle of all the violence, they believe it's time for the United States to stop waiting, and start taking a stand against the Assad regime.

"Without intervention," Sarah said, "then he's going to keep on going."
This is also an opinion shared by the President tonight.
"A targeted strike can make Assad or any other dictator, think twice before using chemical weapons," President Obama said.
But this was a speech about convincing the rest of America.
When a CNN/ORC poll asked Americans, "Do you think it's in the national interest of the U.S. to be involved in the conflict in Syria?"
Seven in ten people said no, only three in ten said yes.
Rania and Sarah are part of the minority with their opinions, but they believe without U.S. intervention, Assad will not stop. 
"He's not going to be honest," Rania said. "He's not going to give up. He will look for more."
Which is why they join the President in his skepticism that Assad will give up his chemical weapons, and although they understand why the President is delaying a vote on Capitol Hill, they hope some sort of solution, even a military strike, will unfold before more people are killed.
"It's not easy, you know, to support war," Rania said. "It's not. But when you see it and it's like a light at the end of the tunnel, you say okay, there is hope maybe."
A recently released CNN/ORC poll shows that viewers of President Obama's speech are split on whether he made a case for military action in Syria. 


Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.