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Local Reaction to U.S. Involvement in Syrian War

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis 


Accusations that the Syrian President has used chemical weapons on his own people are not going without notice.

President Obama called it crossing a "red line" and now plans to send arms to Syrian rebels, fighting for control of their country.

It's a move supported by Rhode Island U.S. Senator Jack Reed.

"At first approach, I think would be to provide small arms, ammunition. Then I think anti–tank weapons because the Syrian armed forces have tanks and the rebels do not," said Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)."

Senator Reed says anti–aircraft weapons and even an internationally policed "no fly–zone" would have to be looked at.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "With the U.S. planning to arm Syrian rebels, the next question that always comes up is: Will U.S. Troops eventually be on the ground in Syria?"

"The benefit of arming the rebels is to let them fight themselves," said Roger Williams University Political Science Professor Joseph Roberts, Ph.D.

The Professor added that as with Egypt and Libya, getting rid of a brutal leader will have to come from within Syria.

"I don't think you are going to see American soldiers with boots on the ground. We're not going to get drawn into a civil war, in Syria, I don't think," said Professor Roberts.

Senator Reed added, "We want to give the rebels increased leverage, without American forces or international forces."

Reed says international diplomatic negotiations, might be the best way to end the Syrian threat to the region.



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