Protests follow Syria strike query: 'Military action isn't the answer'

Protests follow Syria strike query: 'Military action isn't the answer'

EUGENE, Ore. -- The White House announced Saturday that evidence shows Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime launched a chemical attack that killed more than 14-hundred people including 426 children on August 21.

Protesters gathered in downtown Eugene Saturday in response to president Obama’s address to the nation asking congress to authorize the use of military force against Syria.

The 47-year-old peace and justice group Community Alliance of Lane County organized the protest outside the federal building to send a strong message to the Obama administration.

They believe that the US should not go to war with Syria. Community Alliance member Michael Carrigan said the war will suck the American people in, adding that he feels the general public is tired of war.

“Military action isn't the answer. He'll want to work with other countries in the region to come up with a non military solution to the problems in Syria,” said Carrigan.

Carrigan said they are sympathetic to the civilians and agree that the Syrian government should be held accountable. However they feel it should be though an international criminal court and not through war.

Others around the town agreed that something must be done, however many had different opinions of the president's course of action.

“It's clear cut we're going in,” said Eugene-resident Connor Givan. “If no one else is going to do it than the United States needs to step up and do it."

John Bowhan agreed that there should be action, however the U.S. should consider alternative options, saying “I don't believe we should put troops in country, I’m against that. But i think we should go in and do something."