With President Obama seeking congressional approval to strike Syria after allegations that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his country's citizens, New Yorkers have weighed in on the possibility of a new US military conflict.
Senator Chuck Schumer showed support Thursday for a limited strike noting, "A limited action to knock out his capability of delivering chemical weapons in the future could be appropriate, but we have to be very careful not to let our involvement escalate. America needs to focus on domestic issues such as jobs and the middle class."
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also showed support with caution stating, "I will support President Obama as he decides how best to engage, but to the extent we can knock out delivery devices, so we can make it impossible to create another chemical attack on innocent people."
The possible ramifications of a strike on Syria have been uncertain, drawing strong views for and against military action as a response.
NY1 spoke to Syrian-Americans in Brooklyn. Nezar Yabroudi, a spokesperson for the Syrian American Alliance showed support for US intervention saying, "I think it's time for him to take action. The regime uses all kinds of weapons, and finally last week used the chemical weapon." Nezar Yobroudi also said, "Strike missile, no-fly zone, but the most important, we don't need group on the ground."