RIA Novosti 
September 8, 2013
Hundreds of Americans, including many with Syrian and Middle Eastern roots, marched from the White House to Capitol Hill on Saturday to protest US President Barack Obama’s push for a military strike on Syria. 
“We are here to say ‘no war’ because war is destruction, war is more blood and we are tired of war,” Amal Esmail, who moved to the United States seven years ago from Syria and recently became a US citizen, told RIA Novosti just before she addressed the protesters outside the White House.
Esmail and around 500 other protesters, some of whom had traveled to Washington from other parts of the East Coast, set off for the US Capitol just hours after Obama used his weekly address to the American people to plead his case for limited military action against Syria in response to what he called “the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century.”
“We can’t ignore chemical weapons attacks like this one – even if they happen halfway around the world,” Obama said, referring to an alleged chemical weapons attack last month outside Damascus that Washington blames on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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