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UPDATE: Notre Dame hosts discussion on Syria


The debate over whether the U.S. should attack Syria is heating up all over the country and all over the world. Experts from the University of Notre Dame held a panel discussion to shed some light on the very complicated issue Tuesday afternoon.

The experts discussed the various option the US has in responding to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.

The consensus from the panel appeared to be that the US has nothing to gain by engaging in military force. One panelist went as far as to say the President should fire his foreign affairs staff. Mary Ellen O'Connell, Professor of Law and Research of International Dispute Resolution says a military strike on Syria would be in violation of international laws.

"I think as a people we are with the President in that we don't want to see the use of chemical weapons. We want a response, but who would have said to the President, 'we're going to strike in violation of treaties with military force.'? This is a very poor response, I expect better of the people who the President has around him and I think the President is right that he has a credibility problem now and he needs to clean house and bring in advisors who really have this country and the international community's interest at heart," says O'Connell.

Panelists suggest the President will likely take the "life-preserver" thrown to him Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to get Syria to turn over its chemical weapons.

Notre Dame Professor of Political Science, Michael Desch says, "I think he's dying for this deal to work out and to get him off the hook for using military force 36 in Syria because I think his military advisors are telling him they don't have a lot of really good options and there's a real downside to anything that they do."

It was standing room only for the panel discussion. Students say it's a serious issue that they wanted to learn more about. Students are anxious to see how the President will respond. "I'm hoping he'll say we'll make the utmost effort at diplomacy and political strategy in the region and restrain from physical force as much as possible," says Notre Dame Sophomore, Theresa Rinaldo.

Don't forget, after the discussion President Obama will be making a speech of his own. That will air at 9 pm on FOX28. Following the speech, the second hour of "So You Think You Can Dance" will air in its entirety. FOX28 News at 10 will air after the season finale.

FOX28's Amanda Tetlak will break down the President's speech and have reaction from experts on FOX28 News at 10.

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