GREENSBORO, N.C. -- President Obama addressed the nation at 9 p.m. Wednesday to discuss U.S. intervention in Syria.
But no matter what he said, Doctor Mufeed Basti, a native Syrian living in Greensboro, says it's too little too late.
"I think there was a window of opportunity a year before now," he said. "I think we are in a situation so extreme that bombing this group or that group, I'm not sure whether it would help."
Basti says the U.S. government is focusing on Sunni militant group ISIS, when in fact it should focus more on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, who Basti says has made Syria a war zone for the past three years.
"People are ignoring that Bashar Al-Assad has killed about 220,000 people. He has made four million people refugees. What did the world do about that?" Basti said.
Basti still has direct family living in Syria and he says he talks with them nearly every day.
"When we talk, sometimes I can hear the explosions in the background," he says.
Basti says he is not optimistic that President Obama will present a viable solution to obtain peace in Syria. But, for the sake of his family and the millions of other Syrians, he's hoping he is wrong.
He says in order to hopefully get peace in Syria, many players on the world stage would need to collaborate, and find a leader who Syrians can respect. Basti says -- that will take time.