Locals Speak Out About US Military Intervention In Syria


WMDT 47 NEWS – Many Americans eyes were on President Barack Obama Tuesday night, as he addressed the nation on the conflict in Syria. It was a speech that was initially planned to try to build support for a military strike against Syria, but instead of solely focusing on this, he blended the option with the hope of a diplomatic solution that would get rid of Syria's weapons.

Michael O'Loughlin, Professor of Political Science at Salisbury University, says these alternative diplomatic options are the right ones to pursue.

"The present options that the Russians have initiated to get Syria to give up its chemical weapons stockpile, is one way of resolving this issue, without committing further violence to the people of Syria."

Some other Maryland residents agree.

"I'm hoping we don't take military action," says Cheryl Wilder of Vienna, Maryland. "I'm hoping it can be done through diplomatic means to just get those weapons that are in there secured, and into safe hands, perhaps under the United Nations."

With the United States currently more than 16 trillion dollars in debt, O'Loughlin worries about what a military strike could do to an already hurting economy. He says that each crew's missile comes with a hefty price, and there are reports that estimate at least 50 sites in Syria would be bombed.

"You're talking in the millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars," says O'Loughlin.

Yet the cost to the United States' economy is just one fear, let alone the potential cost of life to both the military and Syrians. President Obama is pledging that he will not deploy ground combat troops or wage a prolonged air campaign against Syria. The Associated Press is reporting that 75% of Americans do not support sending any troops.

"They're quite reluctant to get involved in another war, even if we do have the military might to do that," says O'Loughlin.

United States Intelligence Agencies are counting more than 1,400 deaths from an alleged chemical attack. While President Obama is postponing a vote from congress on the proposed military attack, for those that do support the intervention, it is still a major possibility.

"President Obama is in a difficult position because of all the military involvement that we've had in the Middle East before," says Nick Melczarek of Salisbury, Maryland. "To not do something would seem unconscionable."

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