Local activist rallied held a small anti-war protest against a potential air and navel strike against Syria on Saturday September 7th, 2013. Obama want to bomb Syria by air and sea in response of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian military. Today's rally is one of many anti-war protest opposing military intervention.
I got a chance to interview one of the organizers:
Me: Why you're protesting?
Zack: We don't need to be in another war we been in so many wars in the last 10 years. We don't have any more money to support these wars and people are waking up and getting tired of going after all these different countries.
Me: What about the Syrian civilians and the refugees being attacked?
Zack: It's a travesty what's happening over there. But what it come down to it, if their country is not threatening us the U.S shouldn't get involved. With them to fire a couple missiles in there, all it's going to create more casualties. There's so many other ways to help. They can send aid, send aid, send food, send stuff that's actually going to help not make them worry that a missile going going to hit when they are down.
Me: What about arms, gears, and gas mask?
Zack: That would be great as long as they are sending it to people that need it not the rebels anyone else over there they been supplying already.
Me: Should we secure we chemical weapons, what can we do to secure the chemical weapons?
Zack: That on there is kind of touchy for me. The fact that the evidence is so scarce right now. The U.S is saying they have evidence Assad used it. Russia is saying completely different saying there isn't enough evidence to support what happened. If they can get a hold of the chemicals that's great, but again I don't think it should be our soldier over there risking there lives trying to get it.
Me: Do you see Assad's regime as a regional threat?
Zack: Threat to their people maybe. To us, I don't see how anything he's doing can threaten the United States.
Me: What about Turkey, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Israel?
Zack: From what I read, I haven't seen any other country stating they're going to harm the U.S. You got the rebels and stuff, did you read about the hate freedom? They are very anti-freedom. They want to destroy as many lives as possible.
Me: You got the Free Syrian Army and another group that's suppose to fight against Assad. Turkey has been receiving fire from Syria, that's what I meant. Do you see Assad a threat to the boarding neighboring countries?
Zack: From what I read, the guy's not a saint. He done horrible things, but does it justify sending our troops. I don't think it justify sending our troops.
Me: How do we protect our allies? Should we protect or allies the same way we protect our selves?
Zack: I'm all for no foreign aid, bring all the troops back, getting rid of all the military bases we have spread around across the world, sending everyone back, getting our country straight and then we can worry about sending foreign aid. But it's hard to send foreign aid when the deficit here is climbing. Where is it coming from? We have homeless people. We have people dying on the streets right here in the Unites States, there should be no reason to send aid everywhere else.
Me: Pull out of NATO?
Zack told me he been recently started going to protest. In his argument, he referred to the last time the government claim on weapons of mass destruction was wrong. Most people where downtown for the Rams game, Cardinals came or the Hispanic Festival at Kiener Plaza but passed by the protesters alone the way.