Is US approach to Syrian conflict correct?

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August 28, 2013, 8:24 am
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(NECN) - U.N. investigators say there is evidence to suggest some chemical substance was used in an attack that Doctors Without Borders says killed 355 people.

The Obama administration considers action and while the president hasn't made an announcement, a strike could come as soon as Thursday.

One option the U.S. will not be using is putting troops into Syria; the Obama administration says they don't want to get invovled in the country's civil war, they just want to stop the use of chemical weapons.

Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Egyptian scientist and professor at Boston University, joined NECN to share his thoughts on America's role in the conflict.

"I do not know whether whatever the administration is planning is the right thing to do," said El-Baz. "I still remember what happened with Iraq, with Saddam Hussein."

El-Baz criticized the length of time it has taken the U.S. to get involved.

"We could have done this way back, and we could have changed the situation, two years ago. I do not know why we would wait two years."

Tags: barack Obama, Boston University, BU, President Obama, John McCain, Syria, damascus, Farouk El-Baz, Bashar Assad , chemical weapons, bashar al-assad, chemical warfare
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