BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Obama administration says evidence proves Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime killed hundreds of his own citizens with poison gas. A French intelligence report is now backing up that claim.
But Assad is denying his government used chemical weapons and says any strike from the west will trigger a regional war. For many in WNY, Syria is rather remote. But there is a woman in Buffalo who is following the plight of a Baptist Congregation in a Syrian city, torn apart by war.
Eleanor Blackburn sees updates from Syria on the suffering of Christians in a town called Alippo.
"They have limited electricity and many days none at all," she said. "And food is in short supply."
Blackburn helps organize donations for a Christian aid group out of Virginia. She believes the U.S. should not conduct military strikes in Syria, for fear that things could get worse.
"There's a lot of suffering as it is in this area. They don't need any more," she said.
Evelyn Khoury moved to Buffalo from Lebanon three decades ago. She also fears a U.S. strike would lead to greater problems.
"Holy war. War for all over. For everybody. For America, for Lebanon, for everywhere," she said.
Congressman Brian Higgins says the U.S. should not get involved because he says the rebels fighting Assad may be not better than their enemy.
"This is about a brutal, murderous dictator, versus Al Qaeda affiliates and Islamic extremists. There is no good outcomes for the United States," Rep Higgins said. "The United States, we need to nation build right here at home, investing in the American people and the growth of the American economy."
Congressman Chris Collins hasn't ruled out voting in favor of a possible military strike.
"We absolutely should not act alone, and we should be standing with a very, very large group of other countries, including those in the Middle East, for whatever would happen if I were to support it," he said. "The credibility of the U.S. is on the line because of the words that were used by the President, and chemical weapons were used, so I think we need a consensus with many countries as to what the next step would be."
Rep. Collins says he won't make a decision until all the facts are in, including the extent of U.S. involvement, should a military strike take place.
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