Posted at: 09/07/2013 12:14 AM
By: Dan Levy
PITTSFIELD - Syrian-born Fadia Rostom came to the United States seeking better opportunity about a decade ago. These days, she says, it's not so easy being a Syrian-American.
"I think the Syrian people are dying a hundred times every day," Rostom says.
With all six of her siblings still in Syria, Fadia says she speaks with them daily; by cell phone, on Skype, or by the interest. With a civil war still raging after two years, and now with the threat of a U.S. missile attack, she says there are sadly certain questions that Syrians ask themselves every day.
"AS a mom, I think about other moms," Fadia says, "They wake up every morning asking the same questions; Am I going to be living tomorrow? Am I going to lose a child? Is my child going to beok without me?"
Now making her home in Pittsfield, Fadia says she's been spending a lot of her time lately trying to make sure congress won't support President Obama's plan to launch a military strike to punish Syrian President Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.
"President Obama thinks Syrian are killing Syrians and his only solution is to go there and kill more Syrians; It just doesn't make sense to me," she says.
Fadia believes there's no absolute certainty that Assad is behind the chemical attacks, and she thinks more diplomacy is needed.
Those seem to be the same sentiments you'll hear at the St George Orthodox Church in Albany, where Friday was a day of special prayer, where parishioners, most of whom are Middle East Christians, are hoping congress will neutralize the president's desire.
"All f the churches in Syria have united in a statement that any military action would be very destructive and it would destabilize the country and the unknown would probably be disastrous," said Reverend Gregory DesMarias, of St Geroge's.
According to a survey by the Associated Press, of the house of representatives members who are willing to give their positions on a Syria attack, by a margin of nearly 6-to-1, most members are either opposed to or leaning against President Obama's plan.