On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley held up pictures of dead children killed by the chemical attack in Syria and demanded that members of the Security Council look at them.
“Time and time again, Russia uses the same false narrative to deflect attention from their allies in Damascus. How many more children have to die before Russia cares?” Haley demanded.
She reminded members that they had already agreed that Syria has gassed its own people three different times previously.
“This entire Security Council decided on what the Joint Investigative Mechanism would be and decided what it would do, and it was actually voted on unanimously,” Haley said. “And the joint mechanism came back and said that the Syrian government committed chemical weapons acts against their own people three different times. But, somehow, now we don’t like what the Joint Investigative Mechanism does.”
Haley warned, “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.”
“This Security Council thinks of itself as a defender of peace, security, and human rights,” she said. “We will not deserve that description if we do not rise to action today.”
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