MOUNT VERNON — A timely topic was the subject for deliberation during the 2012 Knox County Debate Contest held Thursday, Nov. 15. Students from Clear Fork High School, Danville High School and Mount Vernon High School argued whether or not the United States is justified in not intervening militarily in the Syrian Civil War.
In a close contest that required at least one recount of scores, Mount Vernon’s affirmative team of Tori Hall and Stephen Rowe were named the champions.
Hall and Rowe stated the U.S. should not intervene because there are so many risks involved.
“For one thing, the actual geography of Syria is very challenging to put ground troops in,” Hall told the News.
“In Syria,” added Rowe, “any action that we take would be an act to overthrow a government. But, we also don’t want an Iraqi government coming into Syria. In order to ensure that, we would have to put troops on the ground, at least to secure some of Syria’s chemical weapons sites.”
Contest runners-up Trent Grohe and Chelsea Kempton argued that the U.S. should intervene in the conflict.
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