Most Americans seem reluctant to support major military involvement, worried about the U.S. entering another conflict after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But some Syrian Americans that ABC News spoke to said they supported the U.S. taking action.
"As the leader of the free world … I believe it's our responsibility to act," Salem Samra said. "Martin Luther King said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,' and that applies, 100 percent, to this situation. And it's our duty to act. And I think if Martin Luther King was alive he would be whispering to his friend, Barack Obama, 'You need to do something about this.'"
Still, other Syrian Americans who spoke to ABC News weren't as sure. Muhammed Murtada, a cafe owner in Brooklyn who emigrated 30 years ago from Syria, said he doesn't have a problem with President Assad.
"I wish the U.S. doesn't make any war with my country," he said. "It's nobody's business about what going on over there."
Rabbi Elie Abadie, also a Syrian-American, is the founding rabbi of Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in New York City, which caters to over 650 member families. He said he believes U.S. involvement in Syria won't help the situation there "at all."
"To turn that country into another Libya, another chaotic place, it will become a country of lawlessness and detrimental to U.S. interests," Abadie said, noting that even with precision strikes, the lives of thousands of innocent civilians could be at risk.
But Maher Samra said President Obama and the international community may have a larger regret. "It's going to be not having acted sooner," he said.