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Local Reaction To Possible Military Action In Syria

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The latest opposition to any U.S. involvement in Syria is coming from a local group. This morning, they took their concerns to Congressman John Barrow's office. WJBF News Channel Six's Dee Griffin has more on what they said.

As the President continues his efforts to build an arsenal of support of a plan to punish Syria for using chemical weapons..

Local residents are building a fort of resistance to any efforts that involve sending U.S. forces.  They call themselves the CSRA Peace Alliance. The group met with Congressman John Barrow's representatives in hopes of getting the local voice of opposition heard in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ellen Francis Poisson of the CSRA Peace Alliance says, "we think that it's a very dangerous possibility intervening in an area that is a civil war but could become a much larger conflict involving foreign power. So we want to stop it before there is any action by the U.S."

They have joined a chorus of local people who are calling Congressman Barrow's office in hopes of swaying political opinions. But, according to his District Director, Congressman Barrow remains undecided. Congressman Barrow's District Director Lynthia Ross Owens says, "he does not favor any action that does not have a clear outline of the objectives and he also doesn't favor anything that would put boots on the ground."

Congressman Barrow isn't the only local politician facing questions surrounding what could place the U.S. in another conflict overseas.  Last weekend, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson announced his support of military action against Syria. After touring Fort Gordon on Thursday, Senator Isakson was asked to further discuss his stance on U.S. intervention. "I look forward to seeing the balance of the intelligence to make sure we have a good strategy and a strong commitment to carry out the mission because it's critical we go in fully prepared strategically so we analyze so we don't make any mistakes," Senator Isakson explains.

Senator Isakson says he looks forward to going back to Washington and debating the issue next week.

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