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Local Reaction to Syrian Crisis
(CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Hatem Abumaizer is thinking of his family back home in Syria.
Cousins, nephews, uncles, parents, a lot of people still there, Abumaizer said.
Hes part of a growing number of Americans who say military force is not the answer to end Syrias civil war.
A military strike right now will be more devastating for the Syrian people than actually helping them out, Abumaizer said.
Its been more than two weeks since the US began talk about a possible military strike in Syria, after accusations that the countrys leaders used chemical weapons, killing more than 1,400 people.
On Tuesday, Syrian leaders announced they accepted a plan to turn its chemical weapons over to Russia.
A move Hatem says would just be a temporary fix.
We still need to find a resolution to find an end to the war in Syria,
And hes not alone.
From rallies to community talks, many echo the same crythat military force will do more harm than good.
Anything we can do that helps people get a little more understanding, we think will be a major service, said University of Iowa Law Professor, Adrien Wing.
Wing is helping organize a panel discussion Wednesday at the Old Capital Mall in Iowa City to keep the conversation going on a crisis thats taken many different turns.
Literally it is changing every day, Wing said.
Changes Hatem hopes will be for the better.
Hurting people is easy, if you want to be heroes, we need to find a way to heal and bring people together, he said.