Opposing Viewpoints on Syria Following Obama's Speech

Posted at: 09/10/2013 11:24 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- "The United States Military doesn't do pinpricks. Even a limited strike will send a message to al-Assad that no other nation can deliver," That was part of President Obama's address Tuesday night. He addressed the nation on a possible strike against Syria. He says that targeted strike could still happen, but right now he is urging congress to delay a vote.

The president says the U.S. will continue discussions with Russia on a possible deal to get chemical weapons out of Syria.

ABC 6 News Reporter Steph Crock watched the address Tuesday with two people who have very strong opinions on this issue. Aref Al-Kali is a U.S. citizen but is originally from Syria and still has family and friends living there. Bill Rood has protested in Rochester in recent weeks against a U.S. military attack in Syria. We had a long conversation together after President Obama's address.

Though differing opinions, both say they agree with President Obama's decision to work with other countries, including Russia, to take chemical weapons out of the hands of Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Though a long conversation, we posted a portion of that video here on our website.