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Syrian crisis has different feel for exchange students in Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - All eyes are on Washington tonight as President Barack Obama continues to push for military action in Syria. The president went back to members of Congress today just one day after a potential diplomatic solution, involving Russia, was brought to the table.
But tonight, the president is pushing for public support.
What President Obama needs to do tonight is a little bit complicated because he needs to go to the American people and make an argument for the use of military force and to a very skeptical public who is very tired by war and is not particularly interested in another war, said Carrie Booth Walling, Political Science Assistant Professor, Albion College.
This situation is political for many in the U.S. But its personal for Anas Attal.
It's very difficult and stressful. Every day you wake up uncertain about your family's life, said Attal, Syrian exchange student, Michigan State University.
Attal says his parents have fled to Saudi Arabia but he still has family living in Syria.
I see those pictures every day. For a while I used to see nightmares, he said.
Walling says should the Obama administration move forward with military action, there will be consequences.
It has a lot of costs in terms of lives, economic costs in terms of choices that we have to make, she said.
She says outside of Syria, there will be ramifications on a broader scale.
We should also be concerned however about our position of global leadership the danger of the United States going alone is that it damages its international reputation and its ability to lead on other issues globally around the world.
I know what it is to live under this regime and I want to see a change in Syria, said Attal.
Attal says for his familys sake he wants that change to happen by some other means outside of military action.