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Fifty-three people participated in a Don’t Bomb Syria! demonstration in downtown Walla Walla on Sunday, according to Norm Osterman, a member of the Walla Walla Progressives. Elyse Semerdjian, Whitman College associate professor of Middle East history, addressed the gathering. In Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama will begin an intensive public and private lobbying push this week to try to win congressional support for a limited missile strike against Syria for a chemical attack on its people, killing more than 1,400, but even some of the strongest supporters on Capitol Hill for military action are pessimistic that the White House will succeed.