EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSM.U. Students Learn About Syrian Conflict
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Reported by: Dave Benton
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Reported: Sep. 3, 2013 2:18 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 4, 2013 9:39 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
The Syria crisis is the topic for International Studies students at Marshall University.
When President Obama announced his intentions to strike Syria for using nerve gas and was willing to let Congress vote on his move, it set the groundwork for a lot of debate.
Dr. Marybeth Beller with M.U. Dept. of International Studies says the U.S. involvement should be carefully weighed. Beller said, "We need to exert a lot of caution before getting involved with Syria, from all of the groups that have come together to form this coalition that have tried to get Assad regime to leave Syria."
Chris Lucas is an M.U. student and said, "I'm 21 years old. We've been at war with Afghanistan since 2001 that's more than half my life. I feel the public is tired of war, so even if it remains a humanitarian effort or if it evolves into war, it will be interesting to see if people get behind it."
Another student, Jason Trautwein said, "Economically, I know how feasible that is."
Dr. Beller says the Public Opinion & Propaganda class is timely for students. "They are able to see the rhetoric of our nations leaders trying convince us this is a good idea and the other side of our leaders saying we need more caution. So really, it's a wonderful opportunity for our students to see how policy decisions are made."
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