Posted at: 09/10/2013 10:21 AM
Updated at: 09/10/2013 1:58 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Despite the rain, people gathered outside Sen. Heinrich's office early Tuesday to protest a possible military strike in Syria.
Photo: Nikki Ibarra
ALBUQUERQUE -- Word spread fast about New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich's support for a military strike in Syria.
Sen. Heinrich's letter to constituents about his decision drew more than 300 comments on his Facebook page, and protesters gathered outside his Albuquerque office in the rain early Tuesday to voice their disapproval.
Sen. Heinrich said he believes chemical weapon attacks were carried out by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime last month, killing 1,400 civilians, including children. However, he said he wants a Senate resolution that does not put American troops on the ground and does not arm Syrian rebels.
"Bashar al-Assad is a dictator who has shown a willingness to reduce residential neighborhoods to rubble, to imprison and torture children, and who has watched callously as his actions have killed over a hundred thousand civilians and displaced millions of Syrian refugees," Sen. Heinrich wrote.
But New Mexico's other senator, Tom Udall, does not agree. He doesn't argue that President Assad was involved with chemical attacks, but says the United States should rally for more international support, including from Syria's ally, Russia.
The senators have not yet commented on the latest developments that Syria plans to accept Russia's proposal to place chemical weapons under international control.
President Obama plans to address the nation about the situation in Syria at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. You can watch his speech live on KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com/live.