Syria's use of chemical weapons has outraged the international community and the United States is poised to respond.
Whatever happens many are hoping the Syrian people get the help they need.
As the world waits to see what the U.S. will do in Syria, one local Islamic leader has this hope.
"If we do attempt to make any military intervention, it should be coordinated with the Syrian people with their full cooperation. The last thing we want is to add to their misery by having collateral damage and having more innocent Syrian people get killed," said Shehadeh Abdelkarim, Islamic Center of Cleveland.
President Obama is facing a predicament as he weighs his options.
"Clearly Barack Obama has campaigned, in both his campaigns, on having strong connections to the international community and also acting with American popular support and in this case he doesn't have either," said Professor Pete Moore of Case Western Reserve.
Meanwhile, the suffering in Syria continues, with thousands unable to get medical care or food supplies under the oppressive reign of President Bashar Assad.
"We have refugees in all the neighboring countries. In Jordan. In Lebanon. I mean those people really have been hurt and surprisingly it took them this long to actually seriously consider doing something about this crazy guy in Syria," added Abdelkarim.
President Obama has said he is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria.