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Some Syrian Americans support air strike

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In many ways, Hasan Alsawaf is the picture of the American dream.

He was born abroad, immigrated to the United States for a better life and now is a successful dentist in Greenville.

Alsawaf came to Rhode Island from Damascus, Syria. His mother and sisters are still there.

"The chemical attack happened less than five miles away from their home," he said.

Looking at the images of children killed in their sleep from the recent chemical attacks breaks his heart. Alsawaf said he grew up looking to America as the world's moral compass, and said it's our responsibility to send a message to Bashar Assad and strike Damascus.

"We have to stop this madness. He's a mad man. Next he might throw rockets on our allies in Turkey, Jordan, and Israel," Alsawaf said.

Many Americans say it isn't our job to police the world.

A new NBC poll shows 50 percent of Americans don't support an attack on Syria. But 58 percent say a chemical weapons attack is a red line that if crossed requires some type of U.S. intervention.

Alsawaf argues it isn't a Syrian issue, it's a humanitarian one. He compares this chemical attack to the holocaust and Rwanda.

"(Assad) can gas the whole population. Then what do we say, it's too late we didn't act sooner? Shame on us," he said.

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