Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Locals Weigh-In on Syria Crisis
WSIL -- Before President Obama's address on the crisis in Syria southern Illinoians weighed in on the situation..
President Obama has been pushing for military action but now there could be a deal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons.
Some people want the President to bring justice to those responsible for the chemical attack in Syria, but others say the United States should not get involved.
"I can't imagine having to make this decision on my own," said Mike Ray. "It affects so many people including every single one of us here."
On Tuesday, the White House released a statement saying 33 countries have signed a statement blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack last month.
"We have to do something," said James Frisbie. "We have to take a stand in some way."
A nationwide CNN poll conducted this week shows eight in 10 Americans believe that Assad's regime gassed its own people, but a strong majority doesn't support a military strike in response.
"As a Vietnam War vet I'm not real anxious to send young men over because I know what it is like when you go over into a war zone," said Jerry Altepeter.
Seven in 10 Americans say a strike would not achieve significant goals for the United States and say it's not in the national interest for the country to get involved in foreign affairs not involving the U-S.
"I think the president shouldn't take action militarily because it is a civil war," said Altepeter. "It just isn't our decision, I think, to be world policeman."
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