Michiganders react to crisis in Syria

Syria may be a world away but for Dr. Niman Shukairy, it's personal.

â??Many of my relatives have lost their homes, they've fled their homes,â?? says Shukairy.

The Syrian-American agrees with President Obama---take action in Syria.

â??We're going to save thousands of lives again. If we don't do it, you're going to have extremist groups getting more and more influential and it's going to come back and hurt us,â?? says Shukairy.

But the Flushing-based dentist may be hard pressed to find support.

â??Iâ??m not sure,â?? says Sue Robbins of Davison.

â??I think we should stay out of it,â?? says Mareeda White of Flint.

â??It doesn't make any sense,â?? says Mona Sahouri. She heads the Flint-based Arab-American Heritage Council.

â??We feel like this war is not needed at this point and we don't know what the consequences may be,â?? says Sahouri.

That sentiment is why a local political science professor says a strike probably won't happen.

â??Itâ??s highly unlikely that congress might support what the Obama administration is suggesting,â?? says Dr. Dauda Abubakar, who teaches at the University of Michigan-Flint.

â??Weâ??re helping stop a war, we're helping save thousands of lives,â?? says Shukairy.

â??Whereâ??s the moral obligation when it comes to your own citizens that are suffering right now in Detroit and the Flint area,â?? says Sahouri.

â??I would just hate to be the president right now,â?? says Robbins.