Rallying Against U.S. Involvement in Syria

By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - A local man of Syrian decent made his voice heard at a rally in Fort Wayne Friday.

Sam Jarjour calls himself an American, because he was born in America, but he remains close with his family in Syria.

His message to the group at the rally was that the Syrian government isn't perfect, but he believes the alternative isn't a better option.

The rally was held at the federal building in Fort Wayne. The group was rallying against the U.S. taking action in the middle eastern country. Many of them are worried about starting another war. Several people waived signs expressing disapproval of war.

Jarjour says chemical weapons are definitely not something he wants to see being used in Syria, but he thinks the United States should wait for the UN's report before moving forward.

Jarjour says he wants to see more dialogue instead of military action.

He's especially concerned about America supporting the rebel forces. He says his family is worried about what will happen to them if the Assad Regime falls.

"They're way past worrying about their livelihoods and about money. They're becoming very afraid for their lives. There are Al-Qaeda elements in the quote on quote rebel forces. There are mercenaries from all over the world in the quote on quote rebel forces. They've committed major atrocities, and they're afraid they'll have to leave Syria forever," said Sam Jarjour, has family in Syria.

Another rally against the U.S. taking action in Syria is scheduled for Saturday at noon on the lawn of the Allen County Courthouse.

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