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U.S. Has to Do Something in Response to Syria: Professor Martel Weighs in

William C. Martel is Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
The crisis is building as a United Nation team is in Syria, investigating an alleged chemical attack that killed over 100 people. This comes as President Bashar al-Assad denies the accusations.

President Obama has called the use of chemical weapons a red line that could provoke action, but a Reuters poll says 60-percent of Americans are opposed to U.S. military action in the country.

Joining us with insight in the NENC studio is Mike Corgan, professor of International Relations at Boston University. We’re also joined by Bill Martel, associate professor of international security studies at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, from our New Hampshire bureau.

Martel says the question now revolves around forensics because it has been several days since the alleged event happened.

Russia has warned US to not jump to conclusions. Corgan says there are players on both sides of the dispute that are stepping into this on all levels. He says this makes it very difficult for President Obama.

If evidence is found, will the US intervene?

Martel says there are reports that the US, Britain and France, and others, may be considering military strikes in the next week or so. He says it’s unclear whether we’ll use force or not but credibility of international players could be weakened if they do nothing after reports are out there saying they’ll do something.

There are consequences either way. Corgan says we’ve painted ourselves into a corner on this one. He says we do have to do something because Obama said this is a line in the sand.

Watch the interview