Casey: ‘We should take action’

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As lawmakers in Washington continue to receive updates and briefings on the civil war in Syria and the concerns over the use of chemical weapons, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr. is urging the United States to respond.

“If you say it’s illegal and it’s wrong and it violates international law, and is a crime against humanity, then you got to do something about it,” said Casey. “There has to be a response by the international community. Any action we take and I think we should take action, will have fairly broad support.”

Casey said on Tuesday he believes it is clear the Syrian government is responsible for recent civilian attacks using chemical agents, which violates international law.

“The Iranian regime or the terrorists organization Hezbollah, Al Qaida, pick your bad guy, they will use this against our troops if they have the chance,” said Casey. “But they could also use it in other ways. Our national security interests are directly involved here.”

Although House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said he too supports the President’s call for military action, new polling suggests roughly 60 percent of Americans are opposed to the use of military force in Syria.

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