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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Local residents with ties to Syria are among those keeping a close eye on developments in Washington.

“If we do absolutely nothing then it gives Assad the green light to go ahead and use the rest of his chemical weapons to annihilate the opposition, to annihilate anybody that’s against him,” says Sarah Kuziez, President of the St. Louis chapter of the Syrian-American Alliance.

Kuziez says the Assad administration crossed the proverbial “line in the sand” long before the recent use of chemical weapons on Syrian citizens.

“It was crossed when the government took those few young boys that wrote a slogan on the wall and ripped out their nails, tortured them for two weeks, and then returned them to their families,” she said. “That’s when the red line was crossed and that’s when we should have acted right away.”

Kuziez says some St. Louisans of Syrian descent back the Assad regime, possibly because they’ve been paid to do so, but her group tries to avoid them.

“It’s just about how do we end this bloodshed, how do we end the suffering that’s been going on – for some people for only two-and-a-half years but for other people for 40 years – since the Assad family came into power,” Kuziez added.

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