Hostilities between the government of President Assad and protesters have escalated. Assad has refused to leave office as demanded by the protesters with reports of an undisclosed number of civilians killed in confrontations with Assad’s forces. Residents in Syracuse appear to be following a national trend of the majority of of people taking the position that more direct American involvement in Syria is nevertheless not justified.
It has been stated by Rasmussen Reports that with violence escalating in Syria, few U.S. voters believe a change in the government there would be bad for America or Israel. However most continue to think the United States should not get involved. In the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters it was found that only 19% believe the United States should get more directly involved in the Syrian crisis. Although that is up from 12% last August and 9% in May, 56% have said the United States should leave the situation in Syria alone. Twenty-five percent (25%) were found to be undecided.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Nebehay has reported for Reuters that Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva stormed out of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday as he demanded angrily that countries stop “inciting sectarianism and providing arms” to opposition forces in his country. Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui has said sanctions were preventing Damascus from buying needed medicines and fuel and then he abruptly left the Geneva forum’s emergency debate called at the request of Gulf countries and Turkey, and backed by the West. And so the situation in Syria at this time is dismal.
Mandel News Service