Protesters Decry U.S. Strike On Syria

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MINNEAPOLIS - Hundreds of people took to the streets on the corner of East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue Saturday afternoon to protest the possibility the United States could strike Syria.

Among them was 84-year old Wayne Wittman who was one of the few there who actually had been to war.

"I've seen a lot," said Wittman "Unfortunately it gives you some sadness. Having been there and done things you aren't too proud of."

Wittman, a Korean War veteran is against any military action against Syria. He and the rest of the protesters are hoping their chants will carry to Washington.

"The people are speaking, but it appears the politicians aren't listening," said Wittman.

KARE 11 News polled the Minnesota's Congressional Delegation. While things can change, here is where they stand:

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representatives John Kline and Tim Walz are all undecided.

Senator Al Franken and Representative Betty McCollum plan to vote yes.

Representative Keith Ellison is leaning yes.

Representative Erik Paulsen is leaning no.

Representatives Michele Bachmann, Rick Nolan and Collin Peterson plan to vote no.

"The answer is not bombing. It will make things a million times worse," said Coleen Rowley, famed FBI whistleblower.

Rowley helped organize Saturday's rally and wonders what impact the scars from the Iraq War have had on this debate.

"In theory maybe it's made people more skeptical but the political loyalties are still powerful," she said.

"I'm basically having Iraq flashbacks. We've been told this song and dance before," added organizer Meredith Aby

So they plan to keep pushing.

"I'm responsible for what my country does," said Wittman. "So I'm letting them know how I feel."

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