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Crossing the Red Line: Reaction to Syria

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - As U.N. inspectors work the site of a possible chemical weapons attack, United States citizens are wary of what may become a new war front.

The United States may be inching closer and closer to military action in Syria, and that's causing some Cenla residents to worry about the possibility of another war.

"We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons being moved around or utilized." Said President Barack Obama in 2012.

As the civil war in Syria rages on it seems the red line established by President Barack Obama has been crossed.

"The fact is the president has staked a position, and they famously drew a line, which in geo-political construct means, if you do this, we're going to do this." Said LSUA Professor Jim Rogers.

While UN inspectors gather evidence of a possible chemical attack by the Syrian government on it's own people, the United States is weighing the possibility of military intervention.

"The most likely thing is that there will have to be some kind of military response, and the most likely thing is there will be some attempt to degrade the Syrian regime's ability to further deploy any kind of WMD, weapons of mass destruction." Said Rogers.

A move that has caught the attention of many in Cenla, including Earl Jeansonne, who served in the Army.

"Somebody over there unjustly used chemical weapons on innocent people that either weren't involved in the shooting or was just completely innocent."  Said Jeansonne.

His concern - that military action could lead to his fellow soldiers being put in harms way.

"We might have to put more boots on the ground and it kind of saddens me to know that we might put more 18 and 19 year olds to fight the wars and there's no telling what other chemical weapons they do have." Said Jeansonne.

Jeansonne is optimistic and says a red line doesn't necessarily limit the President's choices.

"He could go as a diplomatic way, he could restrict oil, food, aid anything like that, that could be what he could consider a red line because whenever he was talking he never did say specifically the red line would be military action." Said Jeansonne.

Though some believe the President is bound to his words.

"When you limit what your capacity is, to respond to what happens in another country, you, you don't have any choice, when the only weapon you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Said Rogers.

At this point four American warships are in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea awaiting a strike order from the President. this, while UN inspectors continue gathering evidence from the site where the chemical weapons were reportedly used.

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