Monday, September 09, 2013

Peace rally in Eureka and Rep. Huffman opposes military intervention in Syria Featured

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Update: Sept. 11, 2013--Congressional Rep. Jared Huffman gives reaction to Obama address on Syria (audio)
On Tues., Sept. 10, 2013, President Obama addressed the current situation in Syria in a nationally televised prime-time address from the East Room of the White House. The audio portion of this appeal to the American public was broadcast on KMUD. After the speech KMUD News Anchor, Eillen Russell, interviewed U.S. Congressional Representative Jared Huffman to get his reaction to President Obama's address. Use the player below to hear the interview.

As the tensions and threats between the U.S. and the Assad government in Syria build antiwar demonstrations have erupted in the U.S., from Times Square in New York City to the Courthouse in Eureka, California. The precipitating event, leading to the proposal by the Obama Administration to conduct strategic bombing within Syria, was the suspected use of chemical agents, on August 22, by the Syrian government in a suburb of Damascus. The agent, thought to be nerve gas, was said to have killed hundreds of people, according to an article in the Sept. 9, edition of Time Magazine.

As a national discussion evolves, weighing the pros and cons and moral issues involved in U.S. intervention in Syria, those opposing escalating American intervention rallied locally at locations in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. On Thurs., Sept. 5, a group of 40 to 50 people demonstrated outside the County Courthouse in Eureka urging non-intervention in Syria. Meanwhile, U.S. naval ships, armed with scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles, are positioned in the Mediterrenean Sea.

Use the player below to hear more on this story, including an interview with Jim Paquin, a Vietnam veteran present at the Eureka demonstration. Also included, is information about the position on the matter taken by U.S. Congressional Representative Jared Huffman.  Huffman signed a letter that urged President Obama to wait for the United Nations to investigate the chemical agent allegations and to wait until an act of Congress before using military force. This piece was submitted and aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News Thurs., Sept. 5, 2013.

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