Windsor Islamic Council Supportive Of U.S. Airstrike On Syria

The Chair of the Windsor Islamic Council says the U.S. airstrike on a Syrian government airbase was a much needed step.

Dr. Maher El Masri admits he's taking that stand reluctantly, but the people in Syria need to be protected.

He hopes this is a wake-up call that leads to a real resolution of the situation in Syria.

Meanwhile, the Windsor Peace Coalition is speaking out against the U.S. airstrike in Syria.

U.S President Donald Trump says the airstrike was to help end the "slaughter and bloodshed" in that war-torn country, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada fully supports what he called the United States' "limited and focused action."

But Peace Coalition Chair Margaret Villamizar calls it a very dangerous situation. "Anytime the U.S. has gone in and wanted to attack a country there seems to have been some incident that's been used and we think this is absolutely unacceptable."

Villamizar says she wasn't surprised when she heard about the airstrike. "I was very concerned that there could be something like this happening, because for the last month really the U.S. has been increasing the number of its ground troops already, Special Forces and others in Syria. So it was, I guess you could say, not really that much of a surprise but we decided to act immediately."

The coalition will be holding an emergency rally against the airstrikes.

It will be held at 5pm at the entrance to Jackson Park in Windsor, at the corner of Tecumseh Rd. and Ouellette Ave.