A Syrian doctor says she doesn't understand why America wants to strike her country.
She says the extremist rebels trying to overthrow the Bashar Assad regime have killed Christians and destroyed Catholic churches in Syria.
Former South Dakota U.S. Senator Jim Abourezk helped KELOLAND News connect with the doctor who goes by the name Wafaa,
Wafaa lives in Tartus which is about three hours north of Damascus. While she is still safe from the ongoing fighting the possibility of a U.S. strike is front and center in her mind.
"I don't know why Americans support Al-Qaeda? We are not all people. Now, we hate Americans, excuse me but we hate America now," Wafaa said.
Wafaa says she doesn't know why the United States is siding with the rebels, who in some cases are affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
"I don't understand America. They support Al-Qaeda in Syria until Al-Qaeda is in Africa, Afghanistan, and another country. The people here don't understand America," Wafaa said.
Wafaa says the rebels have killed entire villages. She spoke with KELOLAND News and Abourezck about the massacres of Christians.
"Attack all people and destroy the church; everything," Wafaa said.
"The Catholic church," Abourezk replied.
"Everything in Maaloula," Wafaa answered.
"There's a Catholic church in Maaloula. It's a village where they speak Aramaic which is the language of Jesus,” Abourezk said.
However, CBS News interviewed a rebel group called the Free Syrian Army which is trying to overthrow Assad because he is a dictator. A member tells CBS the extremist rebel groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda are in the minority.
“We hope that they will strike the regime,” Colonel Khotoba of the Free Syrian Army told CBS News. “We have faith in the American people. They are the only ones who can help us.”
Still, Wafaa says Americans need to open their eyes to the conflict.
"I don't know why no one comes, American, comes to Syria to see what happens, not what Obama talk about Syria. American come here with your eyes (to see) what happen in Syria," Wafaa said.
President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation on Tuesday to make his case for taking military action in Syria.