A local man who grew up in Syria hopes the United States will go much farther with military action than the President or any members of Congress are calling for right now.
It was the apparent use of chemical weapons -- killing hundreds of men, women and children that has led to a r esolution authorizing the use of force from President Obama .
But for Dr. Bash Pharoan of Baltimore County it was the more than 100,000 people killed in the past two years of fighting in Syria that should have prompted the United States to act.
“It really doesn't matter whether people are killed by bullets, bombs or chemical weapons,” he said. “I mean basically the death and pain is the same with all these modalities.”
Pharoan speaks via Skype with family members in the Syrian capital Damascus at least once a week.
“They hear shells, bombing and aircraft, military aircraft flying over, bullets, almost on a daily basis,” he said.
Congressman Elijah Cummings -- who represents portions of Baltimore City and Baltimore and Howard Counties -- would not say how he plans to vote on the use of military force in Syria.
But he says so far calls to his office from constituents are running 95-percent against it.
“I think the resolution as it is right now is far too broad. It basically is open-ended and I think most members of Congress would not vote for the resolution as it stands right now,” he said.
Pharoan says the US has already waited too long to act. Now thousands are dead, tens of thousands more are gathering what they can and walking out of the country, becoming refugees.
Pharoan said he hopes the United States will go much further, than President Obama has indicated. He's still hoping the U.S. will help rebels in Syria overthrow the country's leader, Bashar Assad.
“I think this is an opportunity for the United States to make what is right,” Pharoan said. “And what is right really a change in the regime and building a democracy in Syria"
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