If Russia kept its promise to remove chemical weapons from Syria, “we would not be here today.”
As much as I dislike the United Nations, it’s wonderful to hear Ambassador Nikki Haley shove the truth in Russia’s face for everyone to hear.
Last weekend, a chemical attack in Douma, Syria, killed dozens of people and injured many more. Syria blames Israel while Russia insists that the chemical attack was staged. Haley had no time for that crap and reminded Russia that no one believes them. She also told Russia if it had done its job then Assad wouldn’t have these weapons.
Russia is one of Assad’s last allies and has used its place as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to vote in ways that favor Assad.
From CBS News:
“The Russian Federation has asked us to discuss what it calls ‘unilateral threats’ related to Syria,” Haley said at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday. “What is strange is that Russia is ignoring the real threat to international peace and security that has brought us here. And it is ignoring its own unilateral responsibility for it. What we should discuss today is the use of deadly chemical weapons to murder innocent Syrian civilians.”
Haley continued to say that the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, which is led by Bashar al-Assad, constitutes “one of the most blatant and grotesque violations of international law in the world today.”
I’ve honestly lost count how many times those in Syria have suffered a chemical attack since the war against Assad began years again. This attack caused 500 people to experience symptoms one has after such an attack: “burning eyes, breathing problems and white foam coming from their mouths and nostrils, according to several independent medical and rescue groups.” 70 people have died.
Videos and pictures from the area show people swarming into medical centers while others show attacked bodies inside homes.
We do not know what kind of chemical was used in the attack.
International law has barred chemical weapons since 1925. Syria and and Russia both signed the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, a treaty that outlawed countries from producing, holding, and using chemical weapons. CBS News continued:
“So, in theory, all of us agree on the core principle at stake today: no country can be allowed to use chemical weapons with impunity,” Haley said. “Now that we have established what we all agree on, let’s ask ourselves what we should be condemning here today.”
She went on to accuse the Russian government of using its veto power at the Security Council “to defend the Syrian regime’s multiple uses of chemical weapons.” She also noted that Russia had agreed to guarantee the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons, and had they followed through with that promise, “we would not be here today.”
BAM. If Russia kept its word then Assad wouldn’t have these weapons and these attacks wouldn’t happen. It hasn’t been officially determined who committed the attack, but it also doesn’t take a moron to know the truth:
“[W]e know who did this. Our allies know who did this. Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and cover-ups,” Haley said.
“It is those who act to violate the prohibition on chemical weapons who deserve our condemnation,” Haley said in conclusion. “Those who act to defend it deserve our support. The United States and our allies will continue to stand up for truth, accountability, justice, and an end to the use of chemical weapons.”
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