You're going to have a boat-load of flyers in your hand.

During the first few weeks of school, every student interest group pushes their message out to fellow students.

Amid the myriad of papers that have passed through your palms, however, I hope you did not skip over one particular notice.

The person walking ahead of me last week did, blatantly ignoring it being thrust into his path. Curious, I accepted what my fellow pedestrian had not.

The paper screamed out to me in bold red letters that "The Red Line Has Been Crossed."

If you've been paying any attention to the news, you'll immediately think "Syria" or "Bashar al-Assad."

Puzzled by this ominous red line, I searched and found an answer from Telegraph TV's YouTube channel.

On a recording, I listened as President Obama stated "...a red line for us is that we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized on the ground ... that would change my calculus.

"There would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons."

Obama said the preceding remarks on Aug. 2, 2012 to a group of White House correspondents about the possibility of Assad's regime's use of chemical weapons.

Exactly a year later, the chemical attack occurred, killing more than 1,400 people, including children.

It appears obvious that U.S. credibility is being tested.

If we do not back up the policy that has been stated, we lose the authority we carry as "Leader of the Free World." Others who share this sentiment include Arizona Senator John McCain, who met with Obama this past weekend along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to discuss the Syrian crisis.

Any action our government does decide to enact will be a collective decision. A vote from Congress would have to decide America's move, since no executive order has been pushed.

According to a recent Huffington Post article, Obama is in favor of aiming a response strike at Syria, one which is "limited in duration and scope."

Investigations from the U.N. concluded Saturday, and Britain has stood strongly against any retributive action. In Russia, President Putin has said it is illogical for the Assad regime to chemically attack its people; but then again, the two countries are allies.

On the other side of the international conversation, French President François Hollande has stressed that the questionable regime cannot go unpunished. Germany backs action as well.

But should the U.S. take action? Is it our responsibility to be the world's policeman? Of course it is. We have shouldered that responsibility since the global rebuilding after World War II. After we left our isolationist tendencies and came out on the international field as the superpower, it's been our privilege and burden.

Syria may be a regionally complex issue, but then again, so were many of the conflicts in which we have become involved.

The question remains then if we want to act at the need of the innocently murdered. To many, this is what seems a simple answer of yes.

Videos of the attacks have flooded the media, and many more pictures of the victims are everywhere. The government estimates that 1,400 people have perished in Syria due to chemical agents.

What will be taken into account by Congress' vote, however, is our ability in funds, energy and priorities to get involved.

The Syrian-awareness flyer distributors clutched posters stating "Stop the Violence." What instantaneously caught my eye was a child, pictured playing dead below on the pavement with fake bruises.

He was perfectly still. He almost looked like he could be asleep. The child represented others, like himself, who would never wake.

Right outside of Hodges Library in front of Volunteer Boulevard, the problems of the world and Damascus came knocking on our campus.

The protestors' flyers indicate ways to answer that call by contacting representatives, the Department of State, or donating to the Syrian American Medical Society.

In which way would you vote; action or nonintervention?

Rebecca Butcher is a junior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at rbutcher@utk.edu.