Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy Shares Thoughts On Syria And Effect On Global Relations [AUDIO]
On Tuesday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy spoke with Tom Collins, Laura Mac and Matt Crow about the latest developments in Syria and how it could affect relations with the rest of the world.
For the last few days, the Obama administration has been threatening to take military action against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons on their own citizens. Nagy, who is currently serving as vice-provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University, explained that while the U.S. may not have any direct interest in Syria, we are interested in the message that country sends to other nations.
"The truth is, Syria is not key to U.S. strategic national interest. But, the signals that Syria sends to other people that we're very, very concerned about is key. Unfortunately, President Obama made the comment about the red line, and as a result of that, American credibility is pretty, well, on the line, so to speak."
Nagy added that thousands of people have already died in the civil war in Syria, and that the U.S. taking action after the fact doesn't change anything. He also pointed out that the U.S. said nothing several years earlier when both Iraq and Iran were accused of using similar chemical weapons on their citizens.
Nagy went on to say that U.S. actions towards Syria could also affect our standing with other countries as well. He said that Britain, France and Germany have already backed away from this "conflict," and Russia in particular has been against U.S. action in Syria from the beginning. However, he also pointed out that relations between Russia and the U.S. have been fairly sour anyway and that any actions taken by the U.S. probably won't worsen relations more than they already are.
Nagy also took listener calls concerning the source of the chemical weapons allegedly used in Syria and why America keeps making the same bad decisions concerning the Middle East.
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