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Today, studies show Americans more and more unlikely to support military intervention overseas…a natural gas pipeline project between Turkey and Israel—a possibility…and the matter of patenting human genes. The Supreme Court examines it.Those stories coming up.
More than 10 years have passed since the United States began sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, studies show the American public increasingly unlikely to support military intervention overseas. Yet some activists would like to see the U-S take a larger part in conflicts like the ongoing civil war in Syria. Bob Doughty has more.
The Syrian Support Group was formed by Syrian-Americans opposed to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. The group raises money for and sends aid to what it considers moderate members of the opposition Free Syria Army. The organization is now seeking to raise support among the American public.
Dan Layman is with the Syrian Support Group. He says getting Americans interested in the Syrian conflict has not been easy.
“The American public feels a little bit burned from the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the resources and lives that were spent in Iraq, and so it is a little bit hard to get the large galvanization of support.”
VOA recently spoke with several Americans who were visiting Washington. Many showed an unwillingness to get involved in overseas conflicts.
“I think we have to be very cautious about that and very careful about how we go about getting into other countries’ affairs.
“I think they are tired of war. Hopefully President Obama, will keep us out of any future wars.”
“Yeah, I definitely think we should pull back quite a bit, actually, from what we have done in the past ten years, especially for the state of the economy right now.”
Most observers refuse to call these opinions a new sign of isolationism, a desire to withdraw from world politics. But opinion studies are showing this lack of support for American involvement in overseas issues.
Carroll Doherty is with the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press in Washington. He says Americans are not turning away from problems in the Middle East or events in China. But in his words, “there is certainly no desire on the public’s part to get involved in hot spots around the world.”
Dan Layman says he understands the public’s feelings about foreign military involvements. But he says it is tiring to persuade Americans in what he believes is a worthwhile cause.
I’m Bob Doughty.
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1.patent vt. 授予专利；取得…的专利权
How long does it take to patent an invention?
2.moderate adj. 稳健的，温和的；适度的，中等的；有节制的
Moderate exercise subserves digestion.
3. galvanization n.镀锌，电镀；通流电
The unexpected news produced a kind of galvanization of the whole team.
4.isolationism n. 孤立主义
But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism.
5.turn away from 放弃；抛弃；脱离
He turned away from his old friends.