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Political Analysts Ask Why Syria? Why Now?

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The images of what's happening in Syria have been played out through social media and over and over again on the main media as well. And once the use of chemical weapons was confirmed, the United States quickly got involved. It was a humanitarian move but such quick action has those following international policies closely wondering why this particular situation  got attention when so many others have not.

Fred Lokken studies foreign policy past and present and he teaches political science at Truckee Meadows Community College.

"At any given moment there are some 30 wars going on in the world. Women and children are dying horrifically. Horrible things are going on and the U.S. has not lifted a finger to address what happens in those 30 countries. So why Syria? Why now?"

Lokken is referring to current conflicts in countries from Colombia to Yemen.

"Chemical weapons have been used in the past, since international covenants were put in place. And the U.S. has not expressed a single word of indignation. And that goes for both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past."

According to Lokken, even President Obama's own administration seemed surprised when he announced he was considering military action in Syria. Lokken says that is why the American voters and Congress have been split on deciding exactly how to handle getting involved in Syria.

"This situation really has been a crossroads with the American voters and with both Republicans and Democrats in both the House and the Senate."

In Lokken's view, the current administration needs to take a step back and re-evaluate exactly where it stands on foreign policy before making any actual moves with Syria...or any other conflicts.

Written by Erin Breen

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