What might a military strike do to Syria?

Posted: 6:05 PM EDT Sep 06, 2013   Updated: 7:26 PM EDT Sep 06, 2013

While Congress contemplates a possible limited military strike in Syria, local Syrians are making their own plea.

The plea was based at the Holiday Inn, not a typical hot spot for international relations. But that didn't stop about two dozen leaders from the local Syrian community from meeting with Republican Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent in Fogelsville.

"More bombs and destabilization of the country will only lead to further bloodshed," the group said.

The Friday power lunch was to convince Dent to influence fellow Congress members to vote against President Obama's push for a limited air strike in Syria.

"They view the Assad regime as largely protective of them. Having said that, they also understand Assad is running a police state," Dent said.

President Obama wants Congress to approve a limited military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad after it's believed he used chemical weapons against his own people.

Something Father Anthony Sabbagh says runs counter to what native Syrians are telling him.

"They are telling me it's not the regime it's the opposition," Father Anthony Sabbagh said.

For about an hour the group spoke.

"I think we all know we have a war-weary republic," Dent told them

Dent told the group at this time America's best move is no move.

"Right now we are talking about all bad moves. There is potential for greater regional conflict to erupt," Dent said.

These Syrians, all Christian, fear the unknown. Under General Assad they were given religious tolerance, if a new power moves in, all here say it will lead to the extermination of Christians in Syria.

"Those groups already calling for us to leave the country or slaughter us. That is reality, it's no joke," Sabbagh said.