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Both Sides Of Syrian Issue Demonstrate In Murfreesboro

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by Chris Cannon

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Nearly two dozen people stood in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse in Murfreesboro to voice their opposition to United States military action in Syria.

The demonstrators had several reasons for bringing their voices to the town square Thursday night.

"Historically, when the U.S. gets involved in the Middle East under the guise of humanitarian intervention, civilian casualties escalate, the region becomes more unstable and goes further away from democracy," said Michael Cannon.

The demonstrators shouted their opposition for more than an hour, letting everyone hear why they were against possible military action against Syria.

The feel there were still too many unknowns about the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

"The jury is still out on whether or not al-Assad used chemical weapons. The UN inspections team that was on the ground hasn't reported back yet," said Cannon.

The demonstrators moved their message from the town square for a few minutes and started chanting outside U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais' Murfreesboro office.

There were also supporters of a U.S.-led military strike against Syria. Abeer Alhamwy handed out information to people driving through the town square. Alhamwy said she has family that lives in the country.

"All they've done is walk out to the grocery store, and they've been killed. Or, went to the mosque and prayed, and got killed because the mosque was bombed," Alhamwy said.

She felt the international community has waited too long to even start the conversation about a military intervention.

"They should have stopped it in the beginning at this point. I think America, having the guts to at least send a missile, I think they should go for it 100 percent," Alhamwy said.

The demonstrations sparked several one-on-one conversations on the town square between people on both sides of this controversial issue.


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