Local Syrian group rallies in support of U.S. involvement

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego chapter of the Syrian American Council held a rally downtown Friday calling for U.S. involvement in Syria, a move that is being considered by the White House.

“This is our duty as humans, to our fellow humans, to be involved in this,” said Ziad Bayasi, member and professor at San Diego State University. “They’ve been using chemical weapons indiscriminately. They kill women, they kill children.”

Chapter president Abed Kaddo said he does not expect or want the U.S. to physically put troops in Syria.

“We’re not asking to interfere militarily with American lives,” said Kaddo. “We don’t want any American lives to be lost there. We’ve had enough in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Kaddo said he is hoping for U.S. action from a distance.

“Stopping all his machines that are transporting these missiles and chemical warfare,” said Kaddo. “That’s the least we can do from remote areas. We don’t have to be there. Americans, they don’t have to go in and be there. They can do that through their patriot missile bases in Jordan and patriot missile bases in Turkey.”

U.S. involvement may happen sooner than later. On Friday, President Barack Obama said officials are considering a wide range of options.

“In no event are we considering any kind of military action, involving boots on the ground that would involve a long term campaign,” said Obama.

Secretary of State John Kerry also made  a passionate plea for action.

“It matters to leadership and to our credibility in the world,” said Kerry.

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