Eau Claire (WQOW)- U.S. Congressman Ron Kind talked to Eau Claire residents Tuesday about problems that affect their lives right here in Wisconsin. But across the ocean, there's another concern that's attracted the eyes of the world. The U.S. suspects Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.
"To allow the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is a clear red line in the international community," notes Kind. "What we need to do now is build up international support of condemnation and possible sanctions and other actions directed towards the Assad regime."
U.S. officials say warships armed with cruise missiles have made their way to Syria and are ready to strike on order. Kind says he is in favor of attacking military strong points, but doesn't want to see the situation escalate to war.
"I think it is going to be very important that we don't be doing flyovers. We don't have boots on the ground; that we are not drawn in to another prolonged, endless conflict in the Middle East after Iraq and Afghanistan," Kind explains.
Syria has one ally defending its actions that could make this situation even more difficult.
Russia has warned the U.S. not to attack Syria, saying that any action on the United States' part will lead to "catastrophic consequences.'
"Russia needs to start stepping up and doing the responsible thing as well. If they've got leverage over Assad, they ought to be using that right now in order to avoid this," says Kind. "The Arab League is with us already, as are many members of the United Nations and other countries. Russia is going to be a problem for us for some time unfortunately."
Top U.S. leaders say the United States could launch an attack as soon as Thursday. The U.S. has had other problems with Russia already this year when Russia failed to turn over Edward Snowden after he leaked confidential information to the media.
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