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Political Analysts weigh in on conflict in Syria

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New Orleans-Political analysts in New Orleans are closely watching the situation in Syria and say if the United States does get involved, there won't be a quick fix to the problem.

With the Congressional session not scheduled to begin until September 9th, there's plenty of time left before a decision on Syria must be made. UNO Assistant Professor of Political Science Chris Raymond says he's still trying to figure out why President Obama opened up the issue to Congress for a vote. Raymond explains, "One of the things I have to wonder is this might be a way out of the red line comment from last year. Maybe this is his way of giving himself a get out of jail free card if you will."

Raymond says Obama is relying on Congress to make the decision. If it votes to invade Syria, and the mission fails, it's Congress who would take the fall. Raymond explains as more time passes though, he thinks the chances of U.S. involvement in the war torn country, are slim. "If the vote were taken today, everything that I've read says the motion would fail and given more time for opposition for build. I can't see a reasonable expectation of this thing passing," Raymond said.

Behrooz Moazami does not want to see any time of military action from the United States in Syria saying, "I think it's a bad option, not only is it not a good thing, I think it's a bad option. It's going to backfire and that backfire is what I'm afraid of most."

Moazami is from Iran and had to live in exile in France for a period of time because of the instability in his home country. Now, he heads up Loyola University's Middle East Peace Studies. Moazami fears military intervention in Syria would only cost more lives saying, "There is no way it is possible with a couple of strikes that things would be worked out."

Chris Raymond agrees that military action is risky but so too, he says, is sitting back and not doing anything. "If we don't act, this is essentially giving Assad a blank check. It's not punishing him, but if we do act, we may only intensify the conflict there further so I'm not sure there's a good solution here," Raymond said.

As far as other countries as concerned, Great Britain has already voted against taking military action in Syria. And France says it won't act without the United States as a partner.

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