Augusta residents with Syrian ties say U.S. help should have come sooner

Assistance was hoped for sooner

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As the U.S. considers a military strike against Syria, some Augusta area residents with ties to the war-torn nation said help for the Syrian people should have come sooner.

Adonis Imam, a medical researcher at the Medical College of Georgia, left Syria for the U.S. in December. Imam worries about family and friends left behind.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Adonis Imam, a medical researcher at the Medical College of Georgia, left Syria for the U.S. in December. Imam worries about family and friends left behind.

Adonis Imam, a medical researcher at the Medical College of Georgia, said the U.S. should have supported a no-fly zone over Syria.

“U.S. intervention is coming late because a lot of people have died,” Imam said.

President Obama asked Congress to approve U.S.
action after more than 1,400 civilians were killed in a chemical warfare attack Aug. 21 in the suburbs of Damascus.

On Wednesday, a Senate panel backed military force, but significant congressional opposition remains.

For Imam, fears of civilian casualties leave him hesitant about a U.S. strike, but something must be done to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad, he said.

“At this point, anything can be helpful. We need help,” said Imam, who is originally from Latakia, Syria, where he completed medical school.

Allan Mouna, a Syrian-American who lives in Evans, agrees that help has been delayed.

“We were hoping they would do it earlier,” he said. “But better now than never.”

A U.S. strike needs to destroy chemical weapon storage areas without harming civilians or sending American ground troops, he said.

“The Syrian people can do the rest for themselves,” Mouna said.

Imam, who left Syria in December, said he worries about family and friends left in the country. He is saddened by the vast destruction and casualties, saying it won’t end until Assad’s regime falls.

“There’s no way anything is going to change unless he leaves,” Imam said.

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ragingbull
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ragingbull 09/05/13 - 07:05 pm
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This al a big ruse to draw

This al a big ruse to draw attention away from Obamacare. What business do we have intervening in Syria's affairs? The welfare of the American people do not matter to Obama, so he certainly does not care about any one in Syria. This nation will be brought to a screeching halt if Obamacare is officially implemented.

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Pops 09/05/13 - 07:35 pm
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Heard this kind of stuff before

“The Syrian people can do the rest for themselves,” Mouna said.

Yeah boy......just us go in and do a little housekeeping and the Middle Eastern people will do the rest.
History says that they won't.......

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/05/13 - 11:54 pm
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Bad Story

This story is so wrong on so many counts. Reporter Mirshak gets quotes from two Augusta Syrians who support the Al Qaeda-backed rebels. Can we not find one single Syrian in Augusta who supports the Syrian government to offer a counter argument? If not, then don't report this as news. Instead, report it as propaganda.

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 09/06/13 - 01:26 am
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Little Lamb, if you know any

Little Lamb, if you know any Syrian expats in Augusta who back Assad, please have them give Meg Mirshak a call at 706-823-3228. She can only interview the people she can find. I know we had one source who chose not to participate for fear of retaliation against the person's family in Syria, but I'm not sure which side the person favored.

jkline
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jkline 09/06/13 - 03:27 am
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These poor people do not know what they are asking for.

These poor local Syrians do not have enough military experience or knowledge to know that they are asking for something that will not achieve what they want. It is impossible to attack populated areas with missiles and aerial bombardment WITHOUT killing civilians. To make matters even worse, any chemical munitions incidentally blown up by the missiles or bombs will be detonated by the very US attack they are asking for, and will kill and wound even more civilians. That is a fact of physical reality. A bomb is not a bullet with some enemy's name on it. It is addressed "to whom it may concern."

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/06/13 - 06:55 am
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I think we know exactly who we will be helping out if

the US hits at the Assad regime. The rebel opposition targeted and destroyed a truly ancient Christian village a few days ago, and it wasn't because they might have supported Assad. They could have struck a multitude of other villages and towns that are definitely and clearly closely allied to Assad, but those are inhabited by Muslims of one kind or another.

Obozo fooled around until the Islamists took over the protest, community organizer that he is, and now he is faced with helping people who do everything they can to maim, kill and destroy Americans--because he has no clue about being a commander in chief, much less "the leader of the free world". And he has surrounded himself with idiots no better than he is.

Thank you, all of you, who voted for this moron. We all will live (hopefully live) to regret your absurd choice. Certainly our children and grandchildren will wonder what in the world you thought you were doing.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/06/13 - 08:00 am
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Mr. Iman just be glad you

Mr. Iman just be glad you left that crazy part of the world with its non tolerance of everything.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/06/13 - 08:20 am
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Quote from artical

"Adonis Imam, a medical researcher at the Medical College of Georgia, said the U.S. should have supported a no-fly zone over Syria"

If The US was ever thinking about getting involved in Syria, a NO-FLY zone should have been istablished MONTHS AGO!!

my.voice
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my.voice 09/06/13 - 08:55 am
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Adonis Imam is not a "local"

Adonis Imam is not a "local" AC.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/06/13 - 09:13 am
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Quote from artical

"“At this point, anything can be helpful. We need help,” said Imam"

Do people in the CSRA REALLY believe that if this guy was associated with the terrorists, he would be advocating for help from The US??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/06/13 - 09:15 am
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Quote from artical

"A U.S. strike needs to destroy chemical weapon storage areas without harming civilians or sending American ground troops, he said"

This is exactly what Obama is talking about!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/06/13 - 09:17 am
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Quote from artical

"“The Syrian people can do the rest for themselves,” Mouna said"

SEE, no "boots-on-the-ground" asked for!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/06/13 - 09:20 am
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Quote from artical

"He is saddened by the vast destruction and casualties, saying it won’t end until Assad’s regime falls"

The freedom fighters KNOW that the carnage WILL NOT be over untill Assad is taken out of power!!

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rmwhitley 09/06/13 - 09:47 am
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Now is the time
Unpublished

for ALL Syrian nationals, both here and abroad, to return to their homeland and protect it. While you're at it take obama and holder with you.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/06/13 - 10:32 am
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Quotes

“The Syrian people can do the rest for themselves,” Mouna said. Wishful thinking.
“There’s no way anything is going to change unless he leaves,” Imam said. The only change will be who is doing the killing.

Jake
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Jake 09/06/13 - 11:22 am
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What???

You mean there is now a chance for the US to bomb a Middle Eastern country and the majority of posters are not in favor of it? Egad, what could have changed from 2002?
I also wonder what the effect of the powerful Israeli lobby will have on members of Congress in regards to bombing Syria. I would think that the Israeli's would be giddy in anticipation.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/06/13 - 12:40 pm
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What

You mean the liberals wants to bomb a Middle Eastern country?? Egad, what could have changed from 2002? So, what do you think Jake? Bomb or no?

Jake
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Jake 09/06/13 - 01:31 pm
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Nada

I was against the Iraq invasion and I am against bombing Syria.
Let the people in the respective countries sort it out for themselves.
Also, the "liberals" I know are not in favor of it either.

KSL
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KSL 09/06/13 - 02:19 pm
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I was against the Iraq

I was against the Iraq invasion, as well.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/06/13 - 02:47 pm
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But Jake

How is it demonstrated to rogue countries that they cannot resort to the use of Chemical weapons? It is the one thing the whole civilized world agrees on. I admit, I am glad it is not my decision. Bet, the Prez wishes it wasn't his.

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Fiat_Lux 09/06/13 - 03:02 pm
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@ T3

It is my considered opinion that you could hardly be more mistaken in your appalling assessment and understanding of our place and responsibilities regarding current events in the Middle East, assessments/understanding that seem almost fantastical when considered objectively and from a reasoned review of recent history.

Let me explain.

When have we ever intervened in a middle east conflict and had anything at all positive come from it, long term or even in the relatively short term?

Those people are nuts and they aren't ready for or interested in democracy. That could hardly have been made any more clear unless you're a complete idiot.

Obozo allowed an ally of 30 years to be toppled without lifting a finger, and who takes over? The Muslim Brotherhood, with open season on Copts ensuing immediately. Libya is now reduced to just another version of the Sudan, and quite frankly, God only knows what Syria would turn into with our help.

And in a monumentally stupid act of discrediting himself, Obozo refuses to reveal the "genuine proof" and its source for the evidence he has for laying this atrocity at Assad's feet, record monster that Assad is.

Nothing good can came of our military intervention in Syria. NOTHING GOOD.

Better to find another way. Observe the day of fasting and prayer tomorrow, as Pope Francis has called the world to do. It's probably our best hope for a decent solution to this crisis, regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof.

It sure can't hurt.

Darby
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Darby 09/06/13 - 04:17 pm
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"Do people in the CSRA REALLY believe that if

this guy was associated with the terrorists, he would be advocating for help from The US??!!"

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Absolutely! The Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists. (Bin Ladin got his start with them.) They got into power in Egypt by advocating for help from us.

And we helped!

Look how that turned out.

Darby
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Darby 09/07/13 - 01:32 am
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The Thumbs Down Troll

strikes again!

Guess that means he supports the Muslim Brotherhood and their financing, support and exportation of terror.

Hucklebuck
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Hucklebuck 09/07/13 - 04:44 am
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Here we go again

I am not being a jerk here but why exactly is it our problem. You go and ask the family next door that's about to lose their home if they give a damn about Syria. We need to stay out of it. Let them fix their own problems. If Israel is so concerned let them send troops. We are not the personal army of Israel. While our troops are getting killed and coming home with missing limbs they sit back watching encouraging us to send more troops.

How exactly is this a threat to you and I. The government in Syria has a right to defend itself.

As for Mr. Imam how about you go and join the fight to protect your family instead of making demands that the United States do it for you.

The middle east is a violent place. Those countries need to be ran by brutal dictators. It appears that Iraq was a more peaceful place when Saddam was running it. Now look at it.

The US getting involved will not do anything but make things worse. We are putting enemies in power and thats it. The new regime of Syria will just end up being an enemy of the US in 5 years if not sooner.

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OJP 09/07/13 - 08:39 pm
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@Fiat_Lux

"Obozo fooled around until the Islamists took over the protest, community organizer that he is..."

And you worked SO hard to cultivate your intellectual image here...

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