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Compelling Interest for U.S. to Get Involved in Syria: Professor Martel Comments

William C. Martel is Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Local Experts Weigh Options on Syria

As debate ensues over a potential military strike in Syria, local experts and a Syrian refugee offer varying views on whether the United States should get involved in the conflict. 

“The U.S. and the international community absolutely cannot abide by any state like Syria using chemical weapons,” said William Martel, associate professor of international security at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of International Affairs.

Martel said evidence of a sarin gas attack that reportedly killed more than 1,400 people in Syria on Aug. 21 represents a compelling interest for the U.S. to get involved. 

“If we ignore the use of chemical weapons by the regime in Syria and say ‘so be it’ and move forward, then we have to worry about chemical weapons getting in the hands of extremists,” said Martel. “If we ignore it, the result could be catastrophic.”

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