U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday condemned the Russia-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — as well as Moscow and Iran — for a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of mostly women and children in strife-torn Douma.
In an impassioned speech at the U.N., Haley declared, "Only a monster does this."
"I could hold up pictures of survivors," she said. "Children with burning eyes. Choking for breath. I could hold up pictures of first responders. Washing the chemicals off of the victims. Putting separate — respirators on the children. Families lying motionless with babies still in the arms of their mothers and fathers."
"I can hold up pictures of all of this killing and suffering for the council to see. But what would be the point?" she said. "The monster who was responsible for these attacks has no conscience. Not even to be shocked by pictures of dead children."
She then called the "Russian regime whose hands are all covered in the blood of Syrian children."
"We must not overlook Russian and Iran's roles in the murderous destruction," she said. "Russia and Iran have military advisers at Assad's air field and operations centers. Russian officials are on the ground helping direct the regimes starve and surrender campaign. And Iranian allied forces do much of the dirty work."
Haley said she would introduced a resolution demanding unrestricted humanitarian access to the people of Douma, and called for the re-establishment of "a truly professional and impartial mechanism for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including attacks this weekend."
"We're on the edge of a dangerous precipice," she said. "The great evil of chemical weapons use that once unified the world in opposition, is on the verge of becoming the new normal. The international community must not let this happen. We're beyond showing pictures of dead babies. We're beyond appeals to conscience. We've reached the moment when the world must see justice done."
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