Just hours after returning from Europe, President Obama used his weekly address Saturday to convince Americans to support a strike against Syria.
Meanwhile, hundreds opposed to military action rallied in Times Square, while others gathered to pray for peace.
“We are the United States of America. We cannot turn a blind eye to the images we’ve seen out of Syria, said President Obama on his weekly radio address.
Three weeks ago the Syrian government carried out what the United States has called, the worst chemical weapons attack on the 21st century – and since then, the world has struggled to agree on an proportional response.
“What we are not talking about is an open ended intervention. This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan and there would be no troops on the ground,” said Obama.
President Obama used his weekly address to push for both Congressional and international support, even as members of his own party remain skeptical. He’ll do the same again, Tuesday night.
The problem, the world is war-weary and wants the reassurance of the United Nations.
"In the face of this cynical use of chemical weapons the international community cannot remain idle. A clear and strong response is crucial,” said Catherine Ashton, EU Foreign Policy Chief.
"The EU underscores at the same time the need to move forward with addressing the Syrian crisis through the UN process,” said Ashton.
A process unlikely to move forward with Syrian allies blocking the way. And so, we wait and some pray.
About 100 thousand people joined Pope Francis in prayer at the Vatican calling for peace.
A similar message, heard here at home.
Protesters took to the streets, from Times Square to Union Square urging the president, to reconsider.
As the calls for peace grow louder, word out of Damascus is that the Syrian regime began shelling positions on Saturday – 16 people were killed.