A possible attack on Syria from the United States could only be a week away. Some Syrians living in Charlotte are supporting the action, saying it could save their families.
A Senate panel took the first steps toward supporting U.S. military action. Senators voted to use force against Syria as the White House said the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people.
The administration is still waiting on a full Senate vote next week.
A Charlotte attorney and head of the local chapter of the Syrian American Council, who is originally from Syria, believes if the case to strike down the Bashar al-Assad regime was argued in a court of law, it would be an open and shut case.
"I had a grandfather killed, three uncles killed by this regime," said Mo Idlibby.
Idlibby said other relatives still in Syria live in fear.
"Constantly, daily there are bombs falling where they live or in neighboring areas and it's scary," he said.
That's why he urges lawmakers to vote yes and give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force.
"It's not another Iraq or Afghanistan, we are not looking to get into a war," Idlibby said.
Idlibby said he understands why some Americans may be hesitant to support the action after the United States' involvement in other conflicts, but he said this is different.
"Chemical weapons have already been used. It's not Kerry, Biden and Obama saying we 'think.' The evidence is overwhelmingly substantial," Idlibby said.
He also rejects the idea that action would create more enemies. Idlibby said it would have the opposite effect.
"We have the opportunity to create an ally in a very vital region of the world," he said. "We can help people overcome a brutal monster, instill democracy."
The full Senate is expected to vote next week. The resolution would support a limited military mission in Syria, stating it would be limited to 60 days, though it could be extended to 90 days. No American troops would be allowed on the ground.
The legislation passed by the Senate committee Wednesday calls for a change of military power in Syria. Obama said the country's president caused a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people last month, including 400 children.
One of the concerns over a military attack is Syria's location. Syria sits in a volatile part of the Middle East, next to Iraq.
One senator has already threatened a filibuster to the resolution.