Ambassador for the United States, Nikki Haley, gave a fiery speech at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. She directing her words to Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. Haley criticized Russia for defending and allowing the Syrian government to kill it’s citizens with chemical weapons.
Haley showed the council photos of child victims of the chemical attack as she told of eyewitness accounts of the attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib province.
“Men, women, the elderly and children gasping for their very last breath,” Haley told the Council. “And as first-responders, doctors and nurses rushed to help the victims, a second round of bombs rained down. They died in the same slow, horrendous manner as the civilians they were trying to save.”
Haley locked eyes on the Russian ambassador and said: “How many more children have to die before Russia cares?”
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Russia’s Defense Ministry said the fault for the attack on the civilians lies with Syrian rebels. These rebels oppose President Bashar al-Assad’s government and have rebel-held warehouses that produce and store chemical weapons. Russian said that these warehouses were destroyed in an bombardment Air raid by the Syrian Air Force. Resulting in a release of the chemical agents that took the lives of over 100.
This excuse is not the truth and Russia used it to block getting in trouble with the Security Council over the attack.
“Time and time again Russia uses the same false narrative to deflect attention from their allies in Damascus,” Haley said. “The United States sees yesterday’s attack as a disgrace at the highest level and assurance that humanity means nothing to the Syrian government.”
Haley gave the United Nations a stern warning as she closed her speech:
“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” she said. “For the sake of the victims, I hope the rest of the Council is finally willing to do the same.”
Haley’s statement implies that if the U.N. does not take action against Syria for its appalling and continued use of chemical weapons on it’s innocent citizens, that the U.S. may have to “take matters into its own hands”.
Nikki Haley’s condemnation of Russia and Syria fall in line with similar comments by President Trump, who said the chemical weapons attack has forced him to change his stance on the Syrian civil war. Trump said the chemical weapons attack was “unacceptable” and “crosses many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines,” Trump said at joint press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan.
President Trump didn’t say how his administration would respond to the aftermath of the Syria attack, but he did say this: “I will tell you that it has already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
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