Syrians in the Bay Area have differing opinions on what the United States should do with the crisis in Syria. Jean Elle reports.
People from Syria who are living in the Bay Area agree the violence must end. But there is disagreement about how the United States should help -- and both sides are organizing.
Tarik Alsamman is horrified by the violence and use of chemical weapons in his homeland. The 27-year-old is safe in the Bay Area and is creating political art calling for peace in Syria.
But his parents and siblings are in harms way in Damascus and Aleppo.
"I have a little brother and my family is worried he might be taken by either side to fight for them," Alsamman said.
While the international community debates on how to react to the crisis, Syrians in the Bay Area are organizing protests.
Members of the Syrian American Council said with nearly 100,000 people killed by the current regime and rebel fighters, military action is overdue.
"This is not a war, this is you are going to stop a madman on the loose," said Ziad Aljamal, a local Syrian. "...No one's stopped him yet and the more you let this go the more he's going to be killing."
Alsamman agrees that President Bashar Al Assad and his regime must go, but worries military action will only add to the chaos.
He's hoping increased political pressure from around the world will lead to a solution.
"I think it's the best thing," Alsamman said. "I may be dreaming, but I think we should try. Even if we fail it's better than starting a third or fourth war."
View more in Jean Elle's video report above.