Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BW Preview: Few Idahoans Paying Close Attention to Syrian Crisis

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The violence that has defined Syria for 11 months intensified even more today as hundreds of cannon shells rained down on citizens in the besieged city of Homs. It's estimated that more than 6,000 have died in the densely populated nation since the uprising against Syria's government began in March 2011.

The BBC reported this morning that parts of many city's are quickly running out of food and water.

"I don't think this plays out well for anybody concerned," Bill Smith, director of the Martin School of International Studies at the University of Idaho, told Citydesk. "There doesn't seem to be anybody who has any influence over [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad."

In Wednesday's BW, we talk with Smith and Michael Touchton, Boise State political science professor, about Syria and why their international studies students are a rare breed among Idahoans - they're actively engaged in dialogue on the mounting crisis.

"My best guess is that the public doesn't have a lot of knowledge about Syria or its recent crisis of governance," said Touchton. "I doubt many Americans consider it relevant to their lives."

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