Once the golden child of global politics, President Obama has seemingly fallen from grace for his “I reserve the right and responsibility to act” statement he made recently regarding the vote put to congress to allow the U.S. military to strike Syria. Many Americans have called for their representatives to block the president’s pro-war agenda and have condemned the administration for what is thought of as ulterior motives in a move against Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad and his alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people.
Even in small towns like New Haven, Connecticut, home to the prestigious Yale University, peaceful demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest the President’s pushes for Syrian intervention. With my savvy tech skills (yeah right!), I managed to get a few interviews on my iPhone from a few of the demonstrators at Sunday evening’s gathering.
We asked Imad J., a local resident and Syrian-American, his thoughts on the Syrian conflict (I translated the conversation to the best of my ability, please feel free to correct it in the comments!):
“First of all, it started as a big conspiracy from a few countries: countries like the U.S.A., Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. They just want to weaken the Syrian regime. All the countries around Israel, they want to weaken, so that Israel can be stronger than all it’s neighbors and be happy. But the major point is Obama is standing with the Syrian Al Qaeda. This is a point of shame in American history. Syria is a country of history, it’s a country of many religions. It’s one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Obama wants to ruin this. And we’re not going to let him ruin it. I hope to god there won’t be a hit to Syria, and if he does hit Syria it means that Obama is shaking the hands of Al Qaeda– which means that he has become one of them. I can’t say more than that.”
A spokesman for the group can be seen addressing the demonstrators and onlookers about their pro-peace movement and plans to demonstrate the following day at their representative’s office.
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Simon, another Syrian-American joining in on Sunday’s demonstration and former curator for the Near East Collection at the Yale University Library, stated that with the discontinued support of the rebels and peaceful, international efforts, we can bring some real options to end the suffering of the Syrian people.
As I walked through the crowd, I decided to see what some of the young Americans had to say about the issue. Megan, a 29 year old media director at a non-profit organization, had this to say:
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Obama is due to address the nation on Tuesday in regards to his plans for Syria and many can only hope that Congress favors a peaceful resolution in their decision.
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