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Syrian-American family hopes conflict resolves peacefully

By David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:26:42 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 04 2013 06:07:29 PM EDT

The one thing she said Americans don't realize: most people in Syria support the President Bashar Assad.

ROANOKE, Va. -

Ayeda Sati is just one woman with an opinion, she says not all Syrian-Americans share her views.

The one thing she said Americans don't realize: most people in Syria support the President Bashar Assad.

In many ways, the distance makes the pain worse in two years; 100,000 are dead and a nation is on edge.

"We don't need any more blood, it's very bad to lose your people there," Sati said while fighting tears.

Ayeda Sati has lived in Roanoke for 13 years but still has tons of family and friends who still live in Syria.

"They don't want to move, they don't want to leave Syria," Sati said.

 Those friends and family are steadfast in their support of a stronger Syria and still believe current leader Bashar Assad is the man to do it.

Experts say the whole Civil War was the result of the Arab Spring in 2011, but Sati says most Syrians believe Assad's intentions are good.

"70% they support him, 70% of the people support him," Sati said, adding, "Everybody says Al-Assad kills the people, why didn't he do it before 2011?"

As American lawmakers continue to contemplate intervention, Sati is hopeful there will be no military action.

She believes the Syrian people need to work everything out on their own, and fears the consequences of intervention.

"It is very bad, and I tell you what, we will pay for it. The Syrian People there, they will pay for it. The innocent people," she said.

Of course, these are the views of one woman.

Several Syrians and Syrian Americans do not like Assad or the actions he's taken in the past two years.

Bottom line: Sati doesn't care who the leader is who "wins" the civil war, she just wants the violence to stop.