Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned the Syrian regime’s apparent use of chemical weapons as “undeniable” and “inexcusable,” but stopped short of laying out a U.S. response and said only that talks with allies were continuing so that President Barack Obama could make “an informed decision.”
Kerry’s brief remarks at the State Department made him the most senior official to speak publicly about the administration’s Syria policy since statements over the weekend suggested momentum behind plans for some sort of military strike to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime for the apparent use of chemical weapons in attacks last Wednesday in the Ghouta area east of Damascus, the capital.
Kerry said such weapons have been disavowed by countries all over the world.
“This international norm cannot be violated without consequence,” he warned.
Kerry said that in a phone call he asked his Syrian counterpart, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, to let a U.N. inspection team into the area immediately, but instead the regime stalled for five days before finally allowing them in Monday.
TVNL Comment: Who will condemn the US for its dropping nuclear bombs on civilian cities during WWII? Who will condemn the US for the use of agent orange, depleted uranium, daisy cutters and white phosphorus in the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan? And who, Secretary Kerry, will condemn the US for drone attacks that have killed thousands of innocent civilians for years? For starters, watch Shock and Awe...the sustained bombing of innocent Iraqi civilans and read about Falluja, for starters...