No political expert here, but this is what I know:
*The Syrian economy is in shambles.
*Two years ago, peaceful protests against the government were met with increased violence from the government.
*This led to full on civil war.
*The current death toll is 100,000 people.
*Less than half of their hospitals are still open.
*Over six million people are homeless.
*Two million Syrians are now refugees in neighboring countries.
*Over 40,000 civilians have been killed (including 4,000 women and 6,000 children).
*According to our Secretary of State, on August 21 the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill 1,400 people (including 400 children). Hence, the recent increase in news coverage.
*3,600 people were treated for neurotoxin symptoms the day of the attack at Damascus hospitals.
My opinion: This is horrifying on a number of levels. Our coming to the aid of the Syrian people is surely a complex issue (Russia, China, the U.N.,etc.). While my fervent hope is that a more peaceful resolution can be found, I support president Obama in seeking strikes against Syria to end violence against its people. I know this will be an unpopular opinion. So be it.