"Why did the U.S. bomb Syria?" said Alamoudi, who is from Yemen but specifically hires Syrian refugees to work at his restaurant, the Shami Kitchen.
Assad is “a criminal,” Alamoudi said. “If you want the Syrian people to get the country back, get him out. … It’s not about the Syrian people. It’s about distraction.”
Like Alamoudi, Nabil Mousa, a Syrian-born artist, believes Trump ordered the airstrike to distract the public's attention.
“I’m not sure that what they are saying is true,” said Mousa, who has lived in the U.S. since 1978. “I’ve become skeptical what this (U.S.) government puts out, especially right now with President Trump and all that’s happening around him. Anything he can do to send the media in a different direction, that’s what he’s going to do.”
Mousa said the airstrikes will contribute to destabilizing the country at a time when he is hearing from family in Syria that “they are getting back on track.”
“If it means keeping the current regime in place to stabilize (Syria), that’s what needs to be done,” Mousa said. “That’s what the Syrian people want. … Why destabilize things when it’s coming together?”