A protester from Code Pink, a women-initiated peace and social justice movement, interrupted the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on Syrian conflict on Tuesday.
The protester along with other members of his group shouted towards Secretary of State John Kerry, “We cannot afford to have another war. We need to have healthcare, education in our country. Kerry, no more war in Syria!”
When the Code Pink activists were removed from the room by security guards, John Kerry sympathized with them saying, “The first time I protested before this committee, when I was 27 years old, I had very similar feelings to that protestor.”
He said, “I think we can all respect those who have a different point of view.”
According to a Pew Poll, by a 48% to 29% margin more Americans do not wish their government and military to intervene in Syria. But public opinion has not been of much importance to the decision makers of the U.S. it seems.
According to previous reports, John Kerry said that a resolution in Congress on the use of military force in Syria should not remove the option of using U.S. ground troops, although he stressed there was "no intention" of inserting American soldiers into Syrian civil war.
Kerry said, “I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country.”