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Iowans Host Vigil for Peace in Syira
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Dozens of people from several local groups held a candlelight vigil on the Pentracrest Sunday night for peace in Syria and against President Barack Obama's request for a military strike in the country.
Dr. Hani Elkadi chose to stand with the group, hosted by Peace Iowa, because, he said, there is no point in entering into war.
"I am a former physician, I worked in battlefields all my life, and I tell you, there is no winner in war. It's a no-winning position," Elkadi said.
Elkadi was raised in Turkey and Egypt, and once lived in Damascus. He said the United States does not understand the region well enough to be effective there, and that a strike could ignite WWIII.
"And mark my words, read my lips, this this can be a third world war in a second," he said.
That's something that resonates with Veterans for Peace member Tom Baldridge.
"If there's no boots on the ground, what is this, 'We will be out in 90 days,'?" Baldridge said.
He hoped that by standing out on the edge of Clinton Street, he would help to show how many people aren't convinced about a strike.
"Because peace seems so elusive," he said.