'No war with Syria' rally at Capitol

'No war with Syria' rally at Capitol

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President Obama spoke with G20 leaders this week trying to drum up international support for strikes against Syria.

Back here in Austin, Texans who don't want the U.S. getting involved protested at the Capitol.

Lama Nassif is from Syria.  She's been studying here in the United States for 6 years.

Her entire family is still there -- and they won't come here with her.

"They've had to leave our home and my family was attacked.  But I mean they're just like old Syrians, when I ask them to come here, they tell me 'our blood is not more precious than our fellow Syrians,'" Nassif said.

Nassif says the issues in Syria right now are not black and white...there's no side 100% good or evil.

"There have even been satellite pictures showing that the missiles came from areas controlled by the rebels.  So the evidence is not even conclusive.  And it actually makes me wonder why the rush to make war decisions before even waiting to hear from international investigators.  We should seek the truth," Nassif said.

Alejandro Caceres is executive director of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition.  He thinks serious discussion should go into this before a decision is made.

"It's a little more complex than that and it's very...it's a very diverse issue that we need to start looking at and not just have knee jerk reactions like we usually do to things like this.  Because war is a serious thing and we should treat it seriously," Caceras said.

Caceres says if that happens, then he may be able to support it.

"Yeah I mean I think if there was an actual intelligent conversation happening out of it and not just knee jerk reaction, yeah I think my opinion might move, yes," Caceres said.

UT International Relations student William Salazar is also hoping the first option is not war -- but a conversation.

"I think that's a much better resolution than to just bomb certain strategic areas because we don't know...there might be a possibility that we might actually kill civilians in the process when we were trying to help them out in the first place," Caceres said.

For Syrian-born Lama Nassif, the solution is simple...

"Hold the Geneva talks.  Hold the Geneva talks as soon as possible, that's what we need.  We don't need war, we don't need more killing.  We don't need more weapons, that's not what Syrians need," Nassif said.

The Congressional debate starts Monday when lawmakers get back from August recess.  President Obama will address the nation Tuesday on Syria.

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