Tennessee Valley residents express opinions on Syria

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 8/27/2013 6:31 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - As U.S. warships position themselves off the coast of Syria for an attack on that countries government, folks here in the Tennessee Valley are voicing their opinion on our country's involvement in a foreign human rights issue.

"I don't think we should have to go to war with anybody," said one woman who was very blunt about her opinion.

"I don't think they should go at all.," said another woman.

"Certainly they need help but why does it have to be us at this time," said a third woman.

"We should stay within our own country and do what we are doing here and let them do what they are doing there," said the fourth person WDED talked to on the street.

According to US intelligence, the Syrian government has attacked thousands of it's own people with chemical weapons of mass destruction. The Doctors Without Borders organization is reporting hundreds of fatalities with more expected.

WDEF turned to Southern Adventist University political studies Professor Mindi Rahn to break down what that means.

"This is the largest chemical weapons attack since 1988 when Saddam Hussein was attacking the Kurds in Iraq. So this is definitely significant to people's lives," said Rahn.

A U.S. military attack on the Syrian government could also potentially throw Iran in the mix.

"Iran is one of Syria's main allies and so if the U.S attacks the government in Syria then Iran could potentially get involved as well," said Rahn.

China and Russia are on the UN security council and both countries said they are against an attack on Syria.

"Russia is claiming that this action is going to be illegal and that there is going to be dangerous consequences," said Rahn.

President Obama ordered a declassified report be prepared for public release before any military strike begins.
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earl champion - 9/8/2013 1:30 PM
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american people need to standup right now and say no to this attact.

NickAndros423 - 8/27/2013 8:05 PM
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Good God, we have worthless 'leaders'... and generally have for the last 20-ish years. WHY we can't just leave these countries be is beyond me. Tragic events happen to human beings every day, but it is not our responsibility to meddle (yet AGAIN, for the love of God) in that dung hole, aka the Middle East. If it's so important to do something about this (allegedly), there are several of our supposed 'allies' much closer to the situation than we are. Of course, awaiting any of Western Europe to handle something, that they're supposedly very concerned about and is much closer to home for them, is roughly equivalent to dialing 1-800-USELESS. They would rather beseech us to do something (or the lion's share of 'something') and then complain about the way we did it. That whole region west, south, and north of Eastern Europe and Russia is absolutely worthless... excepting Israel and Turkey. The sad thing is this country's not a heck of a lot better, these days. We're being converted from a Constitutional Republic into an Imperialist Democracy--one that spends way more money than it actually has, thanks to all the entitlements here... but I digress. Anyone in the Senate and House who supports military action in Syria should be voted out, next go around.
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