The choice to strike Syria was a difficult one, says U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), but the distinction between Syria and Iraq is clear. “We were misled by Washington,” Durbin said Thursday near Peoria, in his first Illinois appearance since the Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorization. “We were told there were weapons of mass destruction, and that’s why we needed to invade (Iraq). There were none. The American people felt betrayed by that assertion and the fact that it wasn’t true.”
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Durbin says the atrocities committed by Syria’s president cannot be ignored, asking us to imagine 1,400 bodies, including those of 400 children, fatally gassed by their own leader. Durbin voted Wednesday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of authorizing the president to take military action against Syria.