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Marshall Students React To Syria Situation
Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va.
The crisis in Syria is still the heated topic in high school and especially college classrooms.
Marybeth Beller teaches political science at Marshall University. Students in her "Public Opinion and Propaganda" class discuss Syria daily.
Beller told her students last week the U.S. should proceed with caution regarding Syria. This week, she is glad the nation has.
"I think we see the results of that caution now," Beller said. "What the secretary of state said, it was possible to reach a solution if the chemical weapons could be turned over and immediately Russia stepped up to the plate to see if they could perhaps facilitate that."
The class is filled with political science and journalism students. Jason Trautwein is pleased with the diplomacy decision.
"If diplomacy works, then I think the best option is by far to let it happen and take Asaad to an international court and punish those in charge," Trautwein said.
Joey Clendenin's opinion differs.
"It should've happened already, the first or second day we had our ships there. We could've done something," Clendenin said. "It makes us look weak on the world stage. We should've used our military power, flexed our muscle like we've done in the past to prevent something like that from happening again. He should've been out of there a long time ago."
Beller said moving toward a diplomatic resolution was the president's goal.
"The president's goal could be achieved and achieved without use of military strikes. I think this is the best of all possible worlds," she said.
Wednesday, September 11 2013, 09:56 AM EDT
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- Americans Unconvinced About Striking Syria, Poll Shows
- Washington Times – Syria article search results
- ArabNews.com – “UN: 7 million displaced by Syrian civil war”
- CNN – “Syria Civil War Fast Facts”
- PolitiFact.com – ‘Fleeing Syria, "a million children are now refugees."’
- Voice of America – “UN Chief: Syria Strikes Could Worsen Civil War”
- Consortiumnews.com – “Understanding the Syrian Civil War”
- Wickipedia – “Syrian civil war”