A Syrian refugee praised President Trump for his decision, unlike his predecessor, to “do something” about the chemical attacks in his country.
Liberals may be fainting or fuming over Trump’s decision to carry out a missile attack on Syria, but one Syrian refugee is extremely thankful that it is Trump and not former President Obama who is in office.
“Trump, I’ll buy you a beer” — Kassem Eid, a survivor of 2013 chemical weapons attack in Syria following missile strikes by U.S., U.K. and France.https://t.co/Ufb1JCvk66
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“I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I’m a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government,” Kassem Eid told CNN.
Eid, who survived the 2013 Syrian chemical attack, celebrated Trump’s intervention which was the opposite of Obama’s lack of action against Syria.
He hoped to be able to tell the president that he “proved once again, yesterday, that you have a big heart. At least a lot more bigger than Obama because you actually tried to do something. We need real, long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria.”
Eid also had an offer for Trump.
“I would love to, like, buy you a beer, and just sit in front of you and tell you how bad it is in Syria,” he said on CNN.
When asked why the U.S. should get more involved in the situation in Syria, Eid said simply, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
“God has blessed this beautiful country with a lot of blessings and we all look up for this country as a role model and as a leader when it comes to human rights and democracy, ” Eid said.
He added that intervention by the U.S. would assure that groups like ISIS would not be able to gain a foothold in Syria by spreading lies that the people have been forgotten by the West.
Eid had spoken with Huffington Post prior to the airstrikes, calling for the death of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“I think (the West) should kill Assad,” Eid told HuffPost UK.
According to the Huffington Post:
As with the 2017 Khan Sheikhoun incident where at least 74 people were killed by a nerve agent, the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concluded the Syrian regime was likely responsible for the 2013 attack witnessed by Eid.
Like many of the Syrian residents, refugees and exiles HuffPost UK spoke to, Eid supports military intervention that would remove Assad and allow space for Syrians themselves to take part in free and fair elections.
The town he grew up in was besieged by President Bashar al-Assad’s army in June of 2012, and the remaining 10,000 or so civilians sheltering there were “reduced to eating trash and the leaves from trees,” Eid said.
“I’ve seen a lot of f*cked up sh*t in my life. I’ve seen Assad bomb children into pieces, I’ve seen women being raped, I’ve seen men getting butchered and burned alive, all this sh*t but I will say that the look on that little boy’s face during the chemical attack…” Eid told HuffPost UK.
“There was a boy who was choking. I was trying to save him, and while I looked at his face he was choking and his eyes were glassy and this foam was coming out of his mouth… It’s the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said.
Eid now lives in the U.S. and is working on a memoir. No word yet on whether Trump will take him up on his offer, but they may be talking over another form of refreshment since the president does not drink alcohol.
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