Nazareth College professor weighs in on situation in Syria

Posted at: 08/30/2013 8:30 PM
Updated at: 08/30/2013 11:24 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Local political experts are weighing in on President Obama's talk on where the country stands with intervening in Syria. 

Local experts say that if President Obama does take action in Syria, it will most likely be in the form of a bombing to military stations there. It will be an attempt to send a message to the government to stop using chemical weapons.

Dr. Sharon Murphy, Political Science Professor, Nazareth College, said, “It was really President Obama's decision several months ago to say if chemical weapons are used that would be a red line. As many commentators have said, he has kind of painted himself in a corner.”

President Obama hasn't made a public decision whether the U.S. Will take action against Syria after reports of the government using chemical weapons to kill hundreds of their own citizens. As the country waits to see what the President will do, many have their own opinion.

Connor Flack said, “I think it should be handled with as much diplomacy as possible. It is a travesty and it needs to be dealt with, but I don't think responding with violence is the way to do it.”

A woman who was for the U.S. getting involved with Syria said, “This is an about time kind of intervention. I do think there is a flavor of genocide with what is happening. As far as the United States intervening, I would prefer if they were not the main force and if they had an allied response.”

Dr. Murphy is a political science professor at Nazareth College. News10NBC asked her what happens if the President takes action and bombs Syria. We also asked what would happen if Syria is to retailate.

Dr. Murphy said, “Both the VP and Secretary of the State say this is a moral issue, not a national security concern. It's a humanitarian concern according to U.S. officials and they want to make a statement about this and they probably want to deter further chemical attacks. Some have expected that Syria might bomb Israel in retaliation because they are the chief ally in the region, but Benjamin Netanyahu  doesn't seem to be worried about that at all.”

Dr. Murphy says, right now, UN officials have gathered soil samples, tissue and blood samples. They will be bringing them back Saturday. The testing will take a few days. Once it is done, officials will have a better idea if chemical weapons were used and then we may hear more information on what U.S. officials will decide.