Vigil Held at UVA against U.S. Military Force in Syria
center: Maryam Ahmad, fourth-year UVA student
A vigil held Monday night
in Charlottesville added to the pressure coming from those who want to keep
U.S. Military force out of Syria.
Dozens gathered on the
steps of the University of Virginia Rotunda for the vigil for Syria, many
speaking about the horrible events taking place there and also about their
opposition to the U.S. taking action.
"The children in my
country are already dying. The people are already suffering and it's something
that's very close to my own heart," said Maryam Ahmad, who attended the vigil.
Ahmad is a fourth-year UVA
student from Pakistan. She sat among dozens at the vigil preaching for peace
and asking the U.S. not to intervene. She says she has seen firsthand what it
has done to her country.
"I wanted to come out
here to stand against any other sort of military intervention that might take
place in any other country, especially Syria," Ahmad said.
Organizers say more people
need to understand what is actually going on in Syria - and get involved.
"It's important for
us to get together and voice our opposition together and make this expression
more public and get more people to understand why it is we feel the way we do,"
said Melissa Reilly-Diakun, an organizer of the vigil.
Reilly-Diakun says taking
military action is not the right thing to do.
"What happened in
Syria is terrible and what has been happening in Syria has been terrible for
years now and the fact that we think we can go in and take this strike all by
ourselves doesn't make any sense to me," Reilly-Diakun said.
Especially, she says, without
the authorization of the United Nations.
"It not only
undermines the global world that we live in but it also undermines the
political process within the United States and it demeans international law if there
is any unilateral action," Ahmad said.
Those who attended the vigil
say they will continue to speak out and spread the word about why they think
the U.S. should not intervene in Syria.
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