CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey supports a military action against Syria after allegations that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against civilians, killing hundreds.
22News spoke with Senator Markey Tuesday as he toured the River Mills center construction site in Chicopee.
Markey told 22News the U.S. should avoid any direct involvement, but should send a strong message saying any use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.
“If you want to have the United States come in then keep using chemical weapons. We will hit you until you stop and we'll do it in conjunction with our allies around the world,” said Markey.
President Obama is considering a response that would be focused narrowly on punishing Assad for violating international agreements that ban the use of chemical weapons.
The White House says the goal wouldn't be to drive Assad from power.
Markey added, “This civil war is something that has to be settled among the Syrian people, but the United States and other allies have to make a statement that chemical weapons cannot be a part of that conflict.”
Sen. Markey, who was elected to the Senate earlier this summer, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.