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The Effect of 9/11 on U.S. Response to Syria
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on September 11, 2013 @ 7:13PM
Created on September 11, 2013 @ 5:59PM

Wednesday was an emotional day for many people all over the United States. Not only did they have the memory of 9/11 on their minds, but also concerns about whether or not the U.S. will be getting involved in a war with Syria.

President Obama addressed the nation on the eve of 9/11 to talk about what kind of action the U.S. might take against Syria. Government officials said the Syrian government, which is in the middle of fighting a civil war, used chemical weapons against its own people. Reports have indicated that there were nearly 1,500 casualties

On Wednesday, some local residents were reacting to the President's remarks. They said they felt like U.S. officials are reacting to the situation in Syria the way they are because of a heightened awareness about conflict in the Middle East following 9/11.

Monongalia County resident Mark Burgess said, "I think it has a direct impact because if it weren't for 9/11, I don't think we'd be worried too much about these Arab countries like we do now. Most of the time we weren't even concerned with what was going on with other countries as a public."

Recent polls have shown that nearly 70% of Americans oppose military action in Syria. Some local resident said they believe 9/11 has had an impact on the current public opinion because people are tired of sending troops overseas.

Monongalia County resident Leanna Green said, "I think people are tired of fighting because it's been an ongoing battle and a lot of people have lost their lives overseas."

Many local residents said concerns about Syria's chemical weapons use should be addressed, but that the whole situation has been a lot for them to take in given the timing.

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