The Syrian community in Paris is skeptical the U.S. — or France — has the will to carry out its military mission in civil-war torn Syria.
“Over the last two years, the international community has shown that it does not keep its word,” Syrian expat Fadi Dayoub, told France24.com
The Syrian community in Paris is believed to be one of the largest anywhere in the world outside of Syria.
“I don’t see why the situation will now change. One-hundred thousand people have already died and no action has been taken.”
Dayoub complained that pleas in the past for help from the West "have been in vain," citing no aid in establishing a program to protect civilians during the civil strife, "humanitarian corridors of security zones with closed airspace."
"None of this has happened," he said.
Khaled al-Khani, who fled Syria in 2011, told the news outlet he doubts the U.S. or France will do enough to make a difference.
“The international community needs to stop focusing on chemical weapons as the regime continues to massacre the people every day with conventional arms and the West doesn’t seem to care,” he said.
And he doesn't believe punitive military strikes alone will stop the Assad regime.
“At best, Assad will retreat behind the red line and stop using chemical weapons, which will mean he can just carry on killing with his other weapons," he told the news site.
Saad Lostan said he thinks foreign involvement will worsen the crisis.
“As the strikes would probably target Syrian institutions they will only hurt the country even further. How will we regain control if we no longer have the infrastructure for the country to function?”
Al-Khani agreed that foreign involvement in Syria’s conflict will only make the situation worse, and would be tantamount to “an attack against Syria’s sovereignty, putting the rebels and the regime in the same basket,” he says.
Al-Khani said the priority should be "to arm the rebels."
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