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Should we intervene in Syria?

August 26, 2013

Guests: Martin Chulov, Kenneth Pollack, Samer Abboud

Allegations that the Syrian government killed hundreds of people with poisonous gas in an attack on opposition groups outside Damascus has sparked an outcry for international intervention. While President Assad’s government has denied the allegations, U.S. government officials have said there are “strong indications” that chemical weapons were used.  President Obama has said in the past that chemical warfare in Syria was the “red line” for US involvement, so what should the United States do if chemical weapons were used?  And what are the implications for Syria, the U.S. and the stability of the Middle East.  Marty begins the hour with an update on the situation in Syria with the Guardian’s Middle East correspondent MARTIN CHULOV.  Then, how should the U.S. respond?  We get analysis from KENNETH POLLACK, with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and SAMER ABBOUD a History and International Studies Professor at Arcadia University.

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