Mountain View Voice

For the Record - September 6, 2013

Voices Around Town

It is believed chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Should the U.S. intervene?

Asked in downtown Mountain View. Photos and interviews by Magali Gauthier.

"I think that Obama should respond with military action such as sending in troops as opposed to diplomatic negotiations."

Caillie Dick, Mountain View

"The U.S. shouldn't be the prime authority on what to do in Syria on the chemical weapons — it should be the U.N. (The chemical weapons ban is) a huge mainstay at the Geneva Conventions and something needs to be done. But I don't think the U.S. should be the major power. I think it should be a coalition of powers."

Randall Bettman, Mountain View

"I do believe the American military should intervene with what's going on in Syria, given that if something isn't done it could turn into a second Holocaust."

Alex Sorenson, Los Altos

"I think that this is a really tricky situation with Syria because getting involved means that we could bring more war and problems for the U.S. and ourselves. But I think not getting involved is kind of sad, because it indirectly lets the world know that we think that what's happened in Syria is OK. And I don't think that it is OK, and I don't think most people would agree that it is."

Laura Rohde, Palo Alto

"I think the United States is right to (intervene) in all humanitarian issues, but we shouldn't be able to pick and choose. And I don't know why Syria is such a big deal compared to all the other times the U.S. has (intervened) in other countries for less important issues. So I think, of course, we should protect Syrian citizens especially if they're being attacked with chemical weapons, but I think that if we're going to protect Syrians we should also protect people from Somalia, and people from North Korea and China. And we can't just do this because it's part of our economic interests."

Cary Spurrier, Mountain View

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