Valley residents concerned for family members in Syria

From WFMJ:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As talks of a military strike in Syria take place, and President Barack Obama consults with allies, more than 100 members of Congress are saying "not so fast."

Even more lawmakers are expected to sign Congressman Scott Rigell's letter to the President.

Rigell represents the 2nd Congressional District of Virginia, which has many military and former military personnel.

Rigell's letter strongly urges Obama to consult with and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria.

It states that engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.

Congressman Bill Johnson from Ohio, an Air Force Veteran, says before our troops are committed to any action, certain criteria must be met.

Johnson tells WFMJ some important questions must be answered first, such as what is our vital national interest in involving our country in another nation's war? What is our objective? How are we going to get in? How are we going to get out of the conflict? And do the American people support it?

Congressman Mike Kelly who represents people in the 3rd district in Pennsylvania says he believes Congress needs to be consulted and adds he is willing to go back into session.

Congressman Tim Ryan who represents the 17th district in Ohio says he believes any action must be a measured and proportionate with clear objectives to hold the Syrian government accountable. Ryan adds this should be undertaken with Congressional consultation and with our international partners.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says our country must work with our allies to ensure security in the region and an end to the violence. Brown says, before President Obama takes military action he should make his case to the American people and consult with Congress.


The United Nations says the U.S. does not have proof the Syrian Government used chemical weapons to kill thousands of it's citizens. The UN says the United States has not presented concrete proof and the U.N. inspectors have not endorsed the allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of it's own people

Russia, a Syrian ally and permanent member of the Security Council, is expected to veto a resolution authorizing force.

Meanwhile those with loved ones in Syria worry about any military strike by the US and it's allies and believe the war is being conducted by radical rebels from outside the country.

Rena Mansour who is from Syria says she does not believe America and other countries should take military action. She says more innocent people will be killed. She believes it could be the start of another world war.

Her brother Fouad Mansour also worries about relatives and friends who are there. He adds the United Nations needs to complete it's investigation.

Fouad says otherwise it could end up being like how our country got involved in Iraq based on false information. He tells us if there is going to be another war innocent people are going to die. Fouad adds his heart is in Syria.