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Locals weigh in on Syria

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By Natalie Fultz

COLUMBUS, GA - Since March 2011, more than 100,000 people have died in Syria's civil war. But recently the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad against his own people has killed innocent men, women and children.

Now President Obama wants to get involved.  

"If we don't do anything here, where are we going to do it? When are we going to do it? Is it going to give license to other radicals that they can get away with these kind of things because that's the message I think it would send," Carmen Cavezza says.

But some local people who spoke with NBC 38 have reservations about the United States being drawn into another conflict.

"Where is it that we have to draw the line and say that we are not the protectors of the world? Why should we be the ones to dictate whereas the whole world... the United Nations should be involved in it?" Merrill De Young says.

Obama will wait until September 9, when congress meets to take a vote, but this leaves Cavezza worried.

"My feeling was there was a lot of urgency in dealing with this chemical thing it seems to be taking too long. It seemed to lose it's momentum...it's sense of urgency. I would have thought they would have reacted sooner than that," Cavezza says.

Obama met with democratic house minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday to receive her input on the plan for Syria.

"People say, well, he killed 100,000 people. What's the difference with this 1,400? But this 1,400 he crossed a line with using chemical weapons. President Obama did not draw the red line. Humanity drew it decades ago, 170-some countries supporting the convention on not using chemicals -- chemical warfare. So it is really something that, from a humanitarian standpoint, cannot be ignored, or else we cannot say never again," Pelosi says.

British Prime Minister David Cameron did propose a plan to British lawmakers, but they did reject his plan for military action in Syria. Cameron could override this decision, but he says this isn't an option.

"He took it to the people, and the people said 'no we don't want to get involved in it.' I hope our politicians look at it and listen to the people because I think the majority of the people don't want to mess with it," De Young says.

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