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Monday, September 9, 2013

Mississippi Voters Weigh In On Syria

President Obama is expected to go to Capitol Hill tomorrow to try to persuade Congress to authorize his plan for military strikes on Syria — just hours before he addresses the nation at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Here & Now is hearing from people around the country on the issue.

Some voters at a Mississippi Public Broadcasting event shared their thoughts with Here & Now co-host Robin Young and reporter Jeffrey Hess.

Voices

  • Lillian Frankurt
  • Sharon Clark
  • Glenn Wahgull
  • Geraldine Cherry
  • Lisa Thames
  • Graham Wells

Transcript

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI, HOST:

It's HERE AND NOW.

President Obama is expected to go to Capitol Hill tomorrow to try to put the hard sell on Congress to authorize his plan for military strikes on Syria. A few hours later, he will address the nation at 9 PM, Eastern Time. Again, that's tomorrow. We're hearing from people from around the country on this issue. Some voters at a Mississippi Public Broadcasting event shared their thoughts with HERE AND NOW host Robin Young and reporter Jeffrey Hess.

LILLIAN FRANKFURT: I have a hard time believing that we can look at the pictures of the children that are dying and suffering and all the innocent people and not do anything about it. I do think that our response needs to be limited, but it just needs to be very firm. I don't see how we can close our eyes to what's going on over there.

SHARON CLARK: I hate to see us get involved again, but then you can't sit by while people are dying - innocent people are dying and do nothing.

GLENN WAHGULL: I think the pressures on the president, on the administration to - chemical weapons were used, and this is a major thing. So I think there's going to have to be some response to that.

GERALDINE CHERRY: I think if that were to occur here, I would want somebody to come and help us.

LISA THAMES: I keep vacillating. I want to support my president and my secretary of state. Right now, I think possibly I'm leaning towards pulling back. I don't know if my weariness of war is making me too conservative or, you know, I - that's it. That's it. And, you know, we've had 10 years of terrible drain of people and our treasure.

GRAHAM WELLS: I sympathize deeply, but I think that what happened in Rwanda and what's been happening in the Congo for the past 20 years are equally demanding of world efforts. And it always troubles me that we only go for humanitarian reasons where we have an axe to grind or benefit to be gained. And I think that people are people and deserve humanitarian help under every circumstance.

CHAKRABARTI: Well, we just heard from Lillian Frankfurt, Sharon Clark, Glen Wahgull, Geraldine Cherry, Lisa Thames and Graham Wells, about where they stand on U.S. action in Syria. Where do you stand? Go to hereandnow.org and share your thoughts. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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  • Bill Glover

    Dear President Obama:
    Like most normal people, I hate everything about war. I hate to see people die. I hate the news. I hated what I saw as a child when demented bigots blew up churches and indiscriminately slaughtered innocent people. I hated, as a child, the Nazi offices near my house, and everything that Swastika represented….murder, no… genocide. It was sick then. It is sick today.

    And though I hate all that is wrong about war and the act of killing, I do believe very
    strongly, with a deep conviction, that we must take whatever measures are necessary, all measures that are necessary, to stop those who continue to inflict these horrendous assaults on humanity. You are right when you say that “we” is not meant to be “we the United States of America”, but is intended to be an all inclusive “we, as the civilized nations of this Earth”. “We”, who truly believe that all the people of the world deserve a chance to live without fear from tyranny, hate and persecution.

    If “we” stand idly by, to witness the mass murder of innocent children, and do nothing, “we” become enablers, or worse, accomplices. “We” must act. People are wrong to suggest that we should not respond because we have not done so when other atrocities are committed. I believe that “we” should react when anyone is under attack, or suffering from disease, or starvation, famine, or natural disaster.
    “We” are humanity. “We” are collectively powerful and generally blessed with an abundance of resources, food, housing, cable, cell phones, information, transportation, faith, love and support. How dare us to rest when others suffer? God is shaking his head watching “us” debate in our congresses, parliaments, and homes; dining with full plates and cups, as “we” look down at those poor souls who die in the streets. “Not “our” problem”? Shame on “us”.

    You have the moral and legal authority to act; even when it is inconvenient, expensive, and unpopular to do so. “We” have an “obligation” to act.

    So, Mr. President, that is why you were elected. The nation saw a man with limited
    qualifications, but with a vision of what this nation could and should be. A man with
    compassion. A man who wanted to touch a nation, and to heal a world.

    Please adhere to your core beliefs. Because I do believe that is why you are here.
    Bill Glover
    White Stone, VA

  • billmoore

    4 pro 2 against? Stacking the deck NPR?

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