PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- The airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful military official hits close to home for Iranian–American Maggie Montgomery. 

"There's a lot of fear, and there's a lot of tension," said the Providence resident. "And there's a hope that those in power will act mindfully."

Montgomery is also a US military veteran calling for diplomacy instead of deployment.

"I think the most important thing is, right now, for the people of the United States of America to really rally," she said.

That's exactly what Montgomery and others did at the State House today.

Protesters are sounding the alarm, concerned about massive global conflict.

"We could be entering into World War III," said organizer Jonathan Daly–LaBelle of the group No Endless War. "It's not too dramatic to say that. Certainly entering into increasing turmoil."

The Trump administration says the airstrike makes the world safer.

But some here take issue with that.

"When has the assassination of a prominent national figure ever de–escalated a situation?" said Lauren Niedel of Chepachet. "There's something called diplomacy."

Some are comparing this to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

"This is way worse," said Nancy Hood of East Bay Citizens for Peace. "We're all feeling very strongly that this is a dire situation."

Yet as dire as it may seem, organizers say citizens speaking out could make a difference.

"We need to be using our democratic rights to speak, to gather, and to challenge our delegations to do better," Daly–LaBelle said.

Organizers are encouraging citizens to contact their congressional representatives about the escalating tensions between the US and Iran.

 

 

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