EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSUC Hosts Panel On Syria Conflict
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Reported by: Rick Lord
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 19, 2013 9:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 19, 2013 10:38 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
As the situation in Syria continues, a local university brought in some experts Thursday to lead a panel discussion on the topic.
The University of Charleston hosted the event, titled "Syria, a human tragedy - How does the world respond?"
It was moderated by UC's President Ed Welch and featured a diverse panel of experts on each side of the conflict.
Panel members included the current director of the Muslim Public affairs council in Washington, D.C., Haris Tarin; The Rev. Jim Lewis, one of the original founders of West Virginia Patriots for Peace; and Brad Deel, director of political science at UC.
The event also included accounts from two dissidents who fled Syria
"We are letting the regime use the chemical weapons in the daylight against his own people,” dissident Ahed Alhendi said. “Now we are making like routine for others, maybe terrorists groups, who could use chemical weapons, either against democracy or against other allies of the United States in the region."
Lewis opposes a strike on Syria.
"There’s not going to be any will in this country, not after we've just been through Iraq and Afghanistan,, precipitous action by President Bush,” he said. “To see president Obama do the same thing. So I think we have to take this time to talk."
While no immediate action has been taken since the chemical weapons attack in Syria nearly a month ago, leaders in Washington are still pushing for U.S. intervention.
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