An Opinion Primer on Syria

by J. Wesley Leckrone

Associate Professor of Political Science

Widener University

As Congress prepares to deliberate on President Obama’s request for limited military strikes in Syria the following might help clarify the various positions on the issue.

First – if you’re not too sure about the whole Syria situation check out Max Fishers’ “9 Questions About Syria You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask” from the Washington Post.

Nickolas Kristof of the New York Times argues for military action from a human rights perspective in “Pulling the Curtain Back on Syria”.

Thomas Friedman, in Same War, Different Country (New York Times), argues that the problem is a lack of pluralism in the Middle East and that nothing we can do will help solve the problem in Syria.

Finally, Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal gives a conservative opinion opposing military strikes in “Why America is Saying No.

Finally “Shift in Congress Undercuts Support for Syria Strike” from the Wall Street Journal shows how more libertarian Republicans and less conservative Democrats in Congress have changed the body’s perspective on military action.


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