Syrian-Americans in San Antonio react to historic military strike

A Syrian man living in San Antonio is constantly watching international news for updates about his home country. He believes that the use of force is necessary to remove Bashar al-Assad from power.

Amin al Suliman sorts through receipts at his northwest-side restaurant as Al Jazeera news plays on a lone TV in the background.

He says that he constantly watches news from the region. He has ever since he left Syria 16 years ago to flee a government he says cares only for power.

“All these people are like sheep or cows, something like that,” Suliman said of the government. “It doesn't matter for them.”

Bashar al-Assad's alleged chemical weapon attack on Tuesday was just the latest suspected act of violence against his people. But this is the first time that the U.S. has responded with serious force.

On Thursday night, the Trump administration approved the launch of 59 tomahawk cruise missiles at a military airbase in Homs, believed to house chemical weapons. The move was largely praised by the international community, but some members of Congress say any further action should go through them.

"We ought to stay here in session and debate it,” Senator Bill Nelson (D-NY) said. “I believe the appetite is here."

Even the president, himself, has been inconsistent on his view of using of force. In 2013, he criticized then-President Obama for wanting to intervene, saying in a tweet, “The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!”

As for Suliman, he says that he supports military action. In fact, he says that military action is the only way to get Assad out of power, but adds that the international community needs to do more by giving more refugees, like him, a place to start a new life.

“All of us, we're human beings,” Suliman said. “So we have to at least do the minimum.”

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