MINNEAPOLIS -- America is a nation not far removed from war and it is for that reason the Dean of The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota says a military strike in Syria may not sit well with some of the American people.
"I think it is extremely difficult and I think the administration has a major challenge on its hands," Professor Eric Schwartz said.
Schwartz, who is also a former staff member of the National Security Council, believes President Barack Obama has to focus on the message that hundreds of innocent Syrians were allegedly killed by their own government in a chemical attack.
"I think the president would need to appeal to our common humanity and our respect of humankind here," Schwartz said.
Far removed from the politics are the people, people like Maria and Fadi Bchara, natives of Syria now living in Minnesota.
"I'm kind of in shock. I don't believe this is happening to my country," Maria said Tuesday night.
Maria and her brother Fadi came to Minnesota from Syria six years ago, joining their parents, siblings and other family.
Home to Fadi is torn more than ever now between two nations.
"Home is where you live, but also where you have your memory, where you have your heart. A piece of my heart is still back there," he said speaking about the violence that now surrounds his homeland.
Maria said her wish is that the violence in her home country not beckon an act of war by the U.S.
"I think negotiation is a solution. I don't think that war and killing people is a solution," she said.
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