US: Syrian Regime Committed 'Crime against Humanity'
The US is morally oblidged to inflict a military attack against Syria, stated US Secretary of State John Kerry.
At a speciall address Friday, Kerry used broad and extensive argumentation to defend the government's position that the US canot stay idle.
According to the US top diplomat, the country's intelligence sources have amassed conclusive evidence that has shown beyond doubt that forces of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have mounted a chemical weapons attack on August 21.
"We know where the rockets were launched from, and at what time. We know where they landed, and when. We know that rockets came only from regime-controlled areas, and went only to opposition controlled areas," said Kerry.
He added that US intelligence data have it that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children.
The US Secretary of State described the event as "a crime against conscience, a crime against humanity."
"This matters to who we are. And it matters to [US] leadership and to our credibility in the world," stated Kerry.
He was resolute that after World War I the US is resolved to never allow the use of chemical weapons again.
He also motivated the oncoming US military intervention with the interests of American allies in the world and the Middle East.
But he also added that other "thug" actors might be awaiting to see the US reaction, which he saw as a preventive measure for further such incidents.
The US top diplomat said his country fully respects the UN, but intends to act "according to its own agenda," given what he described as Russia's certain blocking of a UN Security Council resolution that would satisfy the US.
Kerry said that the response will be small and "tailored," not involving ground forces or interference with civil war in Syria, but did not specify further details.
But he stressed that the US has learned its lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq, and added that the new operation will also be unlike that in Syria.
In his speech, Kerry called France "the US's oldest ally," and failed to mention the UK's Parliament's decision not to engage in a possible military intervention in Syria.
The US Secretary of State said that his country does not think that the intervention cannot solve the crisis in Syria, and that it firmly believes that a stable solution can come only after negotiations.
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