Syrian native, AZ Congressman respond to Syrian conflict - Tucson News Now

Syrian native, AZ Congressman respond to Syrian conflict

"Not only the United States, everyone has to interfere, everyone has to do something to stop it,” Rania Kanawati said. (Source: KOLD News 13) "Not only the United States, everyone has to interfere, everyone has to do something to stop it,” Rania Kanawati said. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson News Now spoke with a Syrian woman who said she supports President Trump’s decision for U.S. military involvement in her war-torn country. Meanwhile, an Arizona Congressman said the White House needs to slow down before taking any further military action.

“We are always living in fear. Every day I get a phone call from overseas - let’s see who’s next,” Syrian-American Rania Kanawati said.

Rania Kanawati was born in Syria and came to the United States as a student a decade ago, but most of her family still lives there. She said the chemical weapons attack was devastating and she is scared for her loved ones.

“I have a cousin. Their house has been demolished. They bombed his house two times and he keeps moving,” Kanawati said.

Kanawati said the turmoil in Syria is heartbreaking. She welcomes Trumps’ recent order for the United States to take action with the missile attack against a Syrian airbase

“Watching people getting killed for what – for no reason. Not only the United States, everyone has to interfere, everyone has to do something to stop it,” Kanawati said.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a democrat from Tucson, calls the president’s strike on Syria “hasty.” He says it may only makes things worse. He brings up U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, and says these critical decisions need a vote in Congress.

“For us to put our blood and treasure back into a conflict, putting boots on the ground, making a full military commitment to something like that again, I think those of us in Congress should be able to vote on it and our constituents should hold us accountable for that vote,” Grijalva said.

As for Kanawati she continues to send her family money and her support. She said she prays the situation will improve.

“Keep hope is the best thing to do, just hope for better,” Kanawati said.  

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