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U of L Professor on Syria

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) --President Obama will address the nation tonight about what he thinks the U-S response should be to a chemical weapons attack in Syria. WDRB asked a U of L professor what's at stake in Syria and why Americans should care.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel insists America needs to take action.

"If no response from the international community occurs to what Assad has most recently done on August 21st and other actions he has taken prior to that, he will do it again," said Hagel.

The President wants the support of Congress.  Kentucky U-S Senator Mitch McConnell says he won't get his vote.

"There are just too many unanswered questions about our long-term strategy in Syria including the fact that this proposal is utterly detached from a wider strategy to end the civil war there," said McConnell.

The President has said an attack would be limited with no boots on the ground and if that's the strategy U of L Professor of Political Science Charles Ziegler believes an attack on Syria won't do any good.

"You may destroy a few building maybe kill a few officials maybe kill some civilians what will that accomplish other than showing that the president did mean what he said?" said Ziegler.

What he does like is new development of a possible diplomatic solution. A Russian brokered agreement where Syria would place its stockpile of chemical weapons under international control.

"I think we should explore and exhaust all avenues of diplomatic resolution to this," said President Obama.

If the U-S does take action, an attack on Israel isn't Ziegler's only concern.

I imagine what you would see would be proxy attacks probably with Iranian support. So the Iranians would be supporting more action in Iraq against U-S interests there," said Ziegler.

When asked why Americans should care about Syria…

"Syria has an ally with Iran… Iran and Syria working together clearly that coalition is not in our interest," he said.

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