When he wrote about the Syrian chemical weapon attack Sunday, Jazz noted that the U.S. State Department response seemed to be leaning pretty heavily on Russia’s responsibility. Monday, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley reinforced that message when speaking to an emergency meeting of the Security Council.
“The day we prayed would never come has come again,” Haley said. She continued, “Chemical weapons have once again been used on Syrian men, women, and children.” Haley went on to describe the photos and videos of the dead which she said showed the hallmarks of yet another chemical attack on civilians.
“The Russian regime whose hands are all covered in the blood of Syrian children cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims,” Haley said. More from Politico:
“We must not overlook Russia and Iran’s roles in enabling the Assad regime’s murderous destruction,” Haley added. “Russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted, but it stands with the Assad regime and supports without any hesitation.”…
Haley also said Russia was to blame for blocking a U.N. resolution pushing for a cease-fire in Syria’s bloody civil war, as well as a mechanism to investigate chemical weapons attacks.
“Pictures of dead children mean little to governments like Russia who expend their own resources to prop up Assad,” Haley said. “And this council, which saw these pictures last year, has failed to act. Because Russia has stood in its way every single time.”…
“What we’re dealing with today is not about a spat between the United States and Russia,” she said. “Russia’s obstructionism will not continue to hold us hostage when we’re confronted with an attack like this one. The United States is determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account.”
All of this comes after President Trump tweeted Sunday that “Russia and Iran” were responsible for the chemical attack and wared there would be a big price to pay.
Trump hinted yesterday that he was weighing some kind of serious response to the attack saying it couldn’t be allowed. As Jazz pointed out yesterday, there was some sort of air attack near Homs which has now been confirmed to be carried out by Israel.
Israel carried out airstrikes against a Syrian air base early Monday morning and informed the U.S. in advance, two U.S. officials told NBC News.
The pre-dawn missile attack came hours after a deadly suspected poison gas attack on the last remaining foothold for rebels fighting the Assad regime.
Meanwhile, the fact that we have no direct access to the area where the attack took place means that Russia can continue to do what it always does in these situations: claim it never happened. According to Russia, their experts took soil samples that showed no chemical weapons were used and also failed to find any bodies or eyewitnesses to the attack. You can get a summary of those denials in this Kremlin-funded RT clip. Finally, here’s Haley’s speech to the Security Council.