The Obama administration ' s call for a war on Syria is making its way closer to becoming a reality. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution authorizing the President to use military force in Syria. Its sister committee in the House of Representatives held it ' s own hearing on the issue, this time meeting with greater opposition.
Pro-peace activists have also had a presence on the Capitol, in both voicing their anti-war stance at the hearings as well as door-to-door lobbying of their congressional representatives. Polls have consistently shown public opinion disapproval of a military strike against Syria. Yet Congressional support for strikes remain strong, suggesting strong party loyalties and other political factors influencing representative votes. President Obama is also meeting with international pressure as world leaders including UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as well as Pope Francis called for peace. The European Union added its voice to this position at this week's G20 summit, questioning the legitimacy of a military attack on Syria. Despite domestic and international opposition, analysts say the majority of US Senators will approve the bill when it reaches the Senate floor next week. However, there is less certainty in the House, where the administration's more vocal opponents will decide whether the US could go to war.