Harrison Co. Residents Give 5 News Thoughts on Possible American Involvement in Syrian Civil War
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on May 12, 2013 @ 7:04PM
Created on May 10, 2013 @ 11:08PM
As the Syrian Civil War continues to cost more and more lives, many are wondering if President Obama is going to commit to military action supporting the Syrian Rebels.
5 News talked with some people in the area to find out what they think about military intervention.
There are reports that more then 80,000 people have been killed, and nearly 1.5 million refugees have fled Syria into neighboring countries. The Syrian government has been accused of human rights abuses, some of which include the use of chemical weapons against militants and protesters. But would this be enough to gain the support of the American public?
A recent poll done by CBS found that 62% of Americans do not believe the U.S. should intervene in Syria. Some people said they were split, but leaning more in the direction of that poll. One Harrison County man told 5 News that America has to do what was best for it's safety.
"I hate to see our country go to war again with any country, but I think that Syria has pushed the buttons way too long and I think we've drawn a line -- our government has drawn a line. Now are they going to do anything about it or not?" said Richard Davis of Harrison County.
But many don't want to commit to the cost of another war in lives or resources.
"I think we need Homeland Security. We need to increase our military, but we need to stay out of other people's business and protect the United States and our people," added Harrison County resident Sharon King.
Many people did agree on one thing: they don't approve of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his methods. Even so the majority opinion right now is very much against war.
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