Protesters Call for Alternatives to Strike

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- Nearly 100 people filled court square as part of a national day of action by It's a call for the U.S. to avert a strike on Syria.

It was done in a peaceful manner, as demonstrated by the use of these candles.

The polls aren't the only reflection of the american people's thoughts on a possible military strike on Syria.

"I have to take a position against US military involvement in this conflict. Just because I don't think the U.S. military is the tool to solve this kind of a problem," said Evan Knappenberger who served in Iraq.

Knappenberger who served in Iraq for a year is one of many Americans against a possible military strike in Syria.

"I fear that far more than the fourteen hundred and twenty-nine who we say were killed by gas in this case, far more than that will be killed," said Earl Martin, who was an organizer of vigil.

Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad hinted at that notion in an interview with "CBS This Morning".

Charlie Rose: Will there be attacks against American bases in the middle east if there is an air strike?

Bashar-Al Assad: "You should expect everything."

Attendees say their songs and their candles were all apart of their cry for peace.

"I think the Syrian people need our prayers and not our bombs," said Dorothy Weaver, who is a EMU professor.

"We have not worked nearly as hard as we could be working with non-govermental organizations within Syria," said Martin.

"The number of parties in this aren't thirsting after peace. This isn't the last resort," said Knappenberger.

"A military strike isn't the last resort" was a message that was echoed throughout the event.

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