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University panel split on Syria


Some attendees encouraged military intervention for the sake of Syrian citizens while others disagreed during a roundtable discussion on West Bank Wednesday.

A panel of three University of Minnesota political science professors and local Syrians discussed the challenge of protecting civilians in Syria as international leaders decide whether militaries should intervene.

Political activist Mazen Halabi and physician Wael Khouli – both originally from Syria – advocated for U.S. militaries to engage to help rebels who are fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“To stop the carnage, the opposition has to have some kind of an assistant,” Halabi said.

University professors, however, said certain military strikes are not the best solution.

“If U.S. credibility is at stake now, imagine how much it will be if, in response, Bashar al-Assad launches another missile?” said University professor Ron Krebs, who specializes in international conflicts.

University communication studies junior Salma Taleb, who moved from Syria five years ago and has experienced war firsthand, said the U.S. should not intervene because she thinks it’s not beneficial to the U.S. nor to the Syrian people. She said she thinks the Syrian people do not consider a military intervention to be liberation, but rather something that would further complicate the situation.

“I believe there are many other humanitarian ways in which the U.S. could help the Syrian people,” she said.

For more on the University community’s view on Syria, pick up Monday’s Minnesota Daily. 

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