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US can't turn blind eye to Syria: Obama

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Inaction is not an option for the United States in Syria after a horrendous chemical attack, President Barack Obama said as he urged holdout lawmakers...

Washington (AFP): Inaction is not an option for the United States in Syria after a horrendous chemical attack, President Barack Obama said as he urged holdout lawmakers to back a military strike. "We cannot turn a blind eye to images like the ones we've seen out of Syria," Obama said in his weekly address. "That's why I call on members of Congress, from both parties, to come together and stand up for the kind of world we want to live in; the kind of world we want to leave our children and future generations", he added.

According to a Washington Post survey, 224 of the current 433 House members were either "no" or "leaning no" on military action as of Friday. A large number, 184, were undecided, with just 25 backing a strike. The skepticism is also prevalent among the people the lawmakers represent. A Gallup survey showed 51 percent of Americans oppose strikes in Syria compared to 36 percent in favor, a larger opposition ratio than before the onset of the Gulf War of 1991, Kosovo (99)Afghanistan (’01) and Iraq (’03).
Meanwhile, the European Union agreed that the Aug. 21 chemical attack outside Damascus appears to have been the work of Syria's regime. The Catholic Church has called for a global day of fasting and prayer on Saturday for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention, with Pope Francis scheduled to host a mass vigil on St Peter's Square. The Argentine pope has called for a "cry for peace" from the world's 1.2 b Catholics, Christians as a whole, believers from other faiths and atheists. Germany urged the UNs "to speed up" release of its report on the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria to help divided leaders determine a response in the coming weeks.
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