Local Syrian Woman Reacts to Syria's Agreement to Turn Over Chemical Weapons

By Melissa Warren | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky --Today, Syria made an agreement with Russia to turn over its chemical weapons, and the United States now waits to find out how that plan will work. One person who is anxious to hear those details is a local Syrian woman.

"Kidnapping, the killing... the rape. It's happening everyday... a lack of medical supplies, and lack of food for the people in Syria. I talk to my family daily. If they get a meal a day, they're lucky," said local Syrian and WKU Equal Opportunity Director Huda Melky.

That fear for her family keeps her close to the issue each day.

"It's scary because I have my family there. I have nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins... my brother and sisters, they're all there. It's scary because I feel Syria has so much more to offer to the world," said Melky.

Melky fears that potential will never be reached if the world doesn't step in to help, but she said military action is not way to do that, and one WKU international politics professor agrees.

"The population in Damascus is 7 million. Any missile you hit in a highly populated city... you're going to kill innocent people," said Melky.
"Military action in Syria is just going to increase the number of refugees flowing out of Syria which is already putting pressures on the governments of the neighboring states," said WKU Political Science Professor Soleiman Kiasatpour.

States Kiasatpour says already have similar struggles of their own, and he says military action could also bring in Syrian allies like Iran, Russia, and China. He says it's also not clear who will come out of the battle winning.

"We need to be worried about what groups are fighting against the Syrian government, and what factions may or may not get the upper hand. That's something that we don't know what will happen, so it makes the decision even more important," said Kiasatpour.

Melky says Syria's agreement to turn over their chemical weapons is just one step down a long road to democracy. Melky says she'd also like to see the international community help monitor Syria's elections next spring, knowing their outcome may play a major role in that path to democracy.

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