CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - President Obama said he has not made a decision on a strike, but U.S. officials are calling the alleged chemical attack in Syria an "unspeakable horror."
Secretary of State John Kerry says an intelligence report proves that the Syrian government killed nearly 1,500 innocent people using chemical weapons, but many people here want a more careful review of evidence.
President Obama made a case Friday for launching a military strike against Syria. He said, “This kind of attack threatens our national security interests by violating well-established international norms against the use of chemical weapons.”
Obama said he's considering a limited, targeted attack that will not involve any ground troops, but some people still aren't sure if the United States should rush into a military action.
Tiffany Panagakos of Portland, Maine said, “We need to be aware of it. It shouldn't happen. We don't want it to happen. Glad we got the info. Is it accurate info?”
George Smith of Albany, NY told 22News, “That's a very dangerous weapon. They can use it even over here, and that's scary. After 9/11, we don't, we can't trust anybody in this situation. So I'd say at this point, we need to know really what's going on before we make a decision.”
Some people are concerned if the U.S. responds with a military action, Syria will retaliate by attacking countries that have good relationships with the U.S., such as Israel and Jordan.
Mindy Smith of Albany, NY said, “Most of the people that are in Syria. We are looking at people who do not want to support Israel, so are we going to give up on the decades-old alliance?”
There are people who oppose any intervention, saying Syrian President Bashar Assad is a defender of religious minorities in Syria.
Some protestors gathered Friday in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Syracuse, New York.