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.