Arizona lawmakers and Tucsonans weigh in on military strike in Syria


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Arizona lawmakers and Tucsonans weigh in on military strike in Syria

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED Aug 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Congress will meet on September 9th to debate what they are going  to do with regards to using military force in Syria, but some Arizona congressmen and some Tucsonans are already speaking out.

The images of suffering Syrian people are everywhere after the Assad regime allegedly put on a chemical attack against them. 

"What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price," the President asked on Saturday.
That's what he believes, but now, he said it's up to Congress, and here in Tucson, some of our leaders are already taking a stand.
Representative Raul Grijalva said, "I've been consistent about this position about unilateral, preemptive war actions for a long long time."
He said he's made his decision: When it comes that time, he will vote against a military strike.
But, in a written statement to Nine On Your Side, Congressman Ron Barber said before he votes, he "must consider both the proposed response and potential consequences of military action."
We took to Pima County Public Library only to find out people here in Tucson are talking, too.
"What are we waiting for," Darrel asked. "I mean, get something done."
He said this congressional debate is a waste of time, and that the Assad regime should be punished, and they should be punished now.
"They need to be taken down, taught a lesson."
On the other side, Richard said getting involved would be a misuse of our taxpayer dollars, saying people will look back on that decision shaking their heads.
"All they're going to say is we invested x number of dollars of capital, and we lost x number of people who are dead, and nothing changed."
But there are no decisions made yet.
Congress' debate could drag on for weeks, so for now, we're a country on stand by.
Liz Kotalik

Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.