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Protesters say no to Syria strike, want diplomatic solution

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There's no denying it. The Syria debate has united several opposing political minds in the country. Evidence of this bipartisanship was seen at an anti-Syria strike protest along Youree Drive in Shreveport Saturday. Congress goes back into session this week and is expected to decide whether to use military action as punishment for alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Protesters demanded no such action be taken.
"There's democratic out here. Libertarian. Conservative Tea Party. Republicans," Parker Ward said at the protest. "We're all coming together to say we do not want a war with Syria."
Ward has led dozens of anti-war protesters throughout the day. They urge lawmakers to vote no on any strike against Syria. Ward and others feel there's no legitimate proof for military action, even with video evidence of chemical weapon attacks.
"I, personally, haven't seen any conclusive proof that they did do what the government said they did," one protester said.
Ward doesn't believe the U.S. should act as the world's police and feels any strike allowed by congress or forced through by the president would be unconstitutional because Syria didn't strike the U.S.
"I hear this story all the time. We have to be the moral authority. We have to police the world. We're the last superpower," Ward said. "Well, superpowers rise and fall. If you don't have a set rule of laws to follow, which is our constitution, if we can break those laws where are they going to stop?"
Young protesters, who've grownup hearing about Afghanistan and Iraq, are just tired of war. Many don't believe the president when he says no ground troops will be deployed into Syria.
"I'm kind of tired of it all," one said. "I think we would just like to leave everyone alone and hope maybe they will just leave us alone if we did that."
Ward says he also protests because he believes a strike could lead to a much worse conflict.
"Iran has already said they'd strike back if we strike Syria. China's made threats. Russia's made threats," Ward said. "You're looking at something that could take us down the road to World War III."
Protesters think the U.S. should let Syria figure out an end to its civil war on its own and seek diplomatic solutions for punishment against any use of chemical weapons.

 

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