CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Syrian Americans living in Charlotte watched President Obama's speech Tuesday night and many were hoping they would hear him take stronger action against the Syrian regime.
Mo Idibby and his family watched the speech from their home in northeast Charlotte and afterwards said they still felt that a targeted military strike was called for against Syria’s President Assad, who has already used chemical weapons against his own people.
“What’s the message we are sending to the world? It’s OK to kill thousands of people with other types of weapons?” Idibby asked.
His brother, Osama Idibby, said he felt that allowing Russia to broker a deal with Syria to turn over Syria’s chemical weapons to the United States would only serve to give legitimacy to Assad.
“That is what we are doing. We are giving Assad another chance, someone who has killed hundreds of children,” he said.
While Dr. Omar Idibby did not agree with everything President Obama said, he did hope that Congress would support him.
“Because giving President Obama support will strengthen his position,” he said.