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Milwaukee's Syrian community has mixed feelings about military action

Jehad Sibai, a physician from Michigan, joins a group of Syrian-Americans rallying in favor of proposed U.S. military action, outside the U.
Jehad Sibai, a physician from Michigan, joins a group of Syrian-Americans rallying in favor of proposed U.S. military action, outside the U.

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Syrians in Milwaukee have mixed feelings about whether the U-S should make a limited strike on their home country's military operations. 

President Obama is expected to make his case for an attack in an address to the nation tonight.  He blames the regime of Syria's President Assad for a gas attack last month that killed 1,400 people in a suburb of Damascus.  

Muslims in Milwaukee's Syrian community have generally supported a U-S assault.  They say it would weaken the Assad's power, and doing nothing would encourage others to use chemical weapons on their own people.  Milwaukee Muslim Syrians interviewed by the Journal Sentinel said they want the U-S to side with the Free Syrian Army, which they consider the legitimate and moderate opposition to Assad. 

Meanwhile, Syrian Christians say an attack would make hostilities in the region worse.  Milwaukee's Christians say their relatives in Syria already live in fear of being killed while doing their everyday business.  Christians also fear a U-S assault could trigger a long-term military conflict.  Those feelings were expressed at special church services in Milwaukee last week.  Yesterday, Obama told a series of T-V interviewers he would press on with his plans for an attack -- even after Russia proposed to make its Syrian allies hand over their chemical weapons so they can be destroyed.  The president said he was skeptical of that plan. 

The U-S Senate has delayed a test vote scheduled for tomorrow on a military strike, to evaluate the Russian proposal.

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