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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 10:49pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Before heading to D.C. to help decide if the U.S. should take military action, El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D) wanted input from the people he represents.
Sixty-three people lined up in front of O'Rourke to share their thoughts, concerns overall plea to avoid military action in Syria. O'Rourke's town hall meeting lasted three and a half hours as he intently listened and responded to what everyone had to say about the pending situation in Syria.
While the majority of people who spoke were against U.S. involvement, there were a few people, including a Syrian American, that stressed any involvement should be as a world community to stop the use of chemical weapons.
While O'Rourke shared that he doesn't know what his decision will be when its time to vote, he says he will take into consideration all the evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria and the voices of the people he so intently listened to Wednesday.
“What I'm hearing from the community is that if there has been an international norm that's been violated by the use of chemical weapons, then there really should be a true international response. And the preference is that it be a diplomatic response, a negotiated response, a political response, instead of a military one," said O'Rourke.
O'Rourke did acknowledge that if the U.S. decides not to take military action in Syria and the outcome is a decisive military winner between the regime or the resistance, it will only lead to more bloodshed.
After a decision is reached, O'Rourke will hold another town hall meeting to discuss the decision. That meeting is scheduled September 21st at Chapin High School.