The devastation and loss in Syria are clear but what role the U.S. should play is being hotly debated. Vietnam veteran Christopher Jamison is very concerned about the situation in Syria but does not believe the U.S. should step in with military action at this time.
"If our country was attacked, I would support military action - but that is not the case," said Jamison.
Jamison joined the Syracuse Peace Council for an anti-war rally on Friday outside the Syracuse Federal Building. He says talk of a surgical missile strike does not accurately describe the true effects it would have.
"There is no such thing as a surgical strike. There is collateral damage and innocent people are killed when you use bombs, cruise missiles, drones or B-52s," said Jamison.
On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said there is intelligence that proves the Syrian government was behind the chemical attack but the Obama administration has not had much luck finding support from any other countries. The White House is considering acting alone - a plan that many at the protest found unacceptable.
"The U.S.'s role, any external country's role at this point should be diplomatic, humanitarian role. We are not the world's policeman," said rally organizer Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre.
Jamison says it is time for the U.S. to look at other ways to improve conditions in the Middle East.
"There are still diplomatic avenues, we haven't exhausted putting pressure on Russia and China and the U.N. to fulfill their duties to investigate this," said Jamison.
Many observers hoped the United Nations would take the lead but the U.N. Security Committee met Thursday with no sign of an agreement on Syria.