Created: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:51:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:19:27 EST
CHARLOTTE, NC - The unrest in Syria is thousands of miles away, but the fear of war is all over the U.S. - including Charlotte.
Grisly video is making the rounds in congress and President Obama says it's proof Syria's president crossed the line when he killed hundreds of his own people, including small children.
"I want to stop the war against my country," said Maya Hadaya, UNC Charlotte student.
Syrian student Maya Hadaya led a group of protestors on a march through Uptown Charlotte Saturday night. Hadaya is scared for her family still living in Syria, so she's fighting against U.S. military intervention in the country.
"Nobody can accept the idea that we should send military to destroy people. We have been destroyed enough from Al-Qaeda," said Hadaya.
Ahead of President Obama's address to the nation Tuesday, he says "Failing to respond to this outrageous attack would increase the risk that chemical weapons could be used again. That they could fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us."
Mo Idlibby with the Charlotte chapter of the Syrian-America Council stands behind the president.
"We're not asking for another Iraq. We don't want another Afghanistan. What we are looking for is limited military strikes on the Assad regime so they can't stop their brutal killing," said Idlibby.
But for dozens of Charlotte protestors, war is not the answer.
"I think it's very reckless to go and attack a country that's not directly threatening us," said Scott Carlisle, Vice Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans.
Demonstrators say the unique thing about Saturday's protest is the diversity of people representing one voice.
"Even though we're from different backgrounds, different religions, different races and ethnicities, we still all feel the same way... war is not the way to solve a humanitarian crisis," said Deanna Miller, a North Charlotte resident.
But Idlibby says there will be greater loss of life if the U.S. military doesn't get involved.
"It's an absolute humanitarian tragedy, it's a humanitarian crisis and there's nothing left but to take action," said Idlibby.
Congress is expected to begin voting next week on a resolution to allow military action.