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Local Residents React To President Obama's Decision to Send Arms to Syrian Rebels
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on June 17, 2013 @ 9:25AM
Created on June 15, 2013 @ 11:30PM

You may remember a few weeks ago 5 News asked folks in Harrison county about the Syrian Civil War, and whether they felt America should get involved. Now, President Obama is sending small arms and ammunitions to arm the Syrian rebels in hopes of bringing a conclusion to a conflict that has claimed 90,000 lives.

People around the area said they were very angry about the decision to send arms and ammunition over to Syria. Among the folks 5 News spoke to were local state and federal employees, former marines, family members of current military, and regular citizens. Nobody seemed to be too happy about the decision.

Some folks said they thought it was irresponsible to arm members of the Free Syrian Army when we have been slashing budgets to our own programs.

Others said they felt that the conflict needed to come to an end to stabilize the Middle East and the current government couldn't return to power. Some folks with family in the military were upset because they feel that some of our armed forces are getting second-hand equipment.

"The Marines are getting the equipment that was left over from the Army. These Syrian guys are getting brand new equipment. I think they should actually be giving us the better equipment. They should be giving us first priority and then them the leftovers," said former U.S. Marine Tyler Bennett, who now lives in Monongalia County.

"I don't agree with sending any supplies over there. We're a nation in debt right now so we have our own stuff to worry about," Michael Olivito of Harrison County told 5 News.

Among the biggest concerns that remain--some folks are worried that weapons may end up in the wrong hands, and that those hands may belong to extremists who associate with terror groups, but the Free Syrian Army leadership has vowed that won't happen.


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