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As elected officials contemplate a yes or no vote, I spoke with a number of people in Springfield who have already made up their minds on the issue.
“Hi my name is Brittany Thomas. My thoughts on Syria are….I don’t feel like the United States should take the responsibilities to go all the way over there to take care of their business and tell them what to do. Obviously what they are doing over there is not very good, not a good thing, but the United States doesn’t need to be up in their business. It might create another World War to ruffle some feathers over there and stick our nose in their business. If anything, our allies over there could step up a little more instead of us sending our troops all the way over there. That’s my opinion.”
“My name is Tanner Gadberry. I’m from Joplin, Missouri. I feel that we should not go into Syria because it would cause a lot more problems than we already have and also because my dad is in the military and I don’t want to see him go over there.”
“Hi my name is Tamera Morris from Springfield, Missouri. I think we definitely need to go to Syria because something needs to be done and no one else is going to do anything about it. I think it’s our job and our responsibility to go and help them and show them what they are doing to their people is wrong.”
“I’m Brett McKnight, a graduate student from Missouri State University and my opinion is that if we were going to step in and act we should have done that a long time ago whenever some human rights atrocities and things were happening earlier on instead of waiting until the last minute when I feel like the country is already pretty devastated and a lot of destruction and loss of life has already happened. I feel like its last minute that we’re going to decide to do something about it when we probably should have acted earlier.”
“My name is Uchechukwu Iheukwumere and I’m from Nigeria. I don’t think America shouldn’t get involved because its certain patterns in the Middle East where they don’t really enjoy when America get involved with their squabbles and their nation fighting because its heightens things and they start feeling like you guys are getting involved because you think you’re better than us and it just heightens things and it’s just going to get out of hand. So I think the same thing that happened with the war in Iraq and stuff like that America shouldn’t get involved because I feel like these people are going to go off and then they’re going to kill some more, they’re going to protest some more and just go off. I think Obama should lay low for now people should stop putting pressure on his back. America, yes it’s a great country and they help a lot, but sometimes they need to just sit back.”
Again, those were reactions from around Springfield as Congress considers a vote for or against military action in Syria. On Saturday, President Obama said he’ll seek approval from lawmakers, after the White House released evidence of what it says is proof that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for a chemical attack.
For KSMU News, I’m Briana Simmons.