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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Anticipation is building in Tucson over the conflict thousands of miles away in the Middle East. Retired Army serviceman Donald Schrader is against the U.S. taking military action in Syria but supporters say you can't ignore the deadly suspected chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrians, many of them children.

President Barack Obama announced he wants to take military action against Syria for the suspected attack.

"What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?" Obama asked during an address Saturday.

Schrader doesn't think getting involved is in the country's best interest. "My whole philosophy is congress needs to step back and look what happened and just say, 'you know what, let them fight it out for themselves,'" Schrader said.

"I think air strikes are okay," Tucson resident Debbie Stiltner said. "I'm not 100 percent convinced that we should send in military troops or anything of that nature."

Jaide Edwards supports the United State's involvement.  "I feel that if our government was doing this to us, a lot of us would want someone to intervene and not everyone is going to agree with our decisions but it's one of those things that could have a positive effect in the long run," Edwards said.

The announcement sparked protests across the nation including in Tucson. Congressman Ron Barber released a statement saying in part, he looks forward to the debate in congress and wants to hear the administration's complete rationale for action and the potential impact on other nation's and our allies in the region.

Congressman Raul Grijalva took to Twitter, posting "Attacking Syria is the wrong course of action. We need prevention right now, not punishment."

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