Sept. 9 - Syrians in Damascus say they are concerned about the possibility of military strikes by the United States. Nathan Frandino reports.
As the U.S. continues debating whether to strike Syria, citizens of Damascus are standing up against any military intervention. In a march through the city, Syrians wave flags and show their support for President Bashar al-Assad. Some, including this internal Syrian opposition figure, say they would not give in to the demands from countries that oppose Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN OPPOSITION FIGURE, MAJD NIAZY, SAYING: "Either we go to Geneva (peace conference) and accept what the Americans and the Gulf countries want from us (Syria), or we will have war. That's why we refuse to go to Geneva conference. If they want war, let there be war. They cannot kill 24 million Syrians." Elsewhere in the city, Syrians are concerned about the possible strike, which President Barack Obama describes as a punishment for the use of chemical weapons by the government. At a popular ice cream parlor, where it was business as usual, one employee said he doesn't understand the United States' motivations. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BAKDACH ICE CREAM PARLOUR EMPLOYEE, MOUNIR BASSAR, SAYING: "I would like to tell the Americans, when you come to Damascus we'll offer you ice cream. We host you, and we also export ice cream to America, and now you want to attack us with weapons. We cannot trust Americans anymore. We host them with love, but they want to attack us." Assad says the U.S. should expect a number of repercussions should the strikes happen.