Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is demanding engagement from the U.N. Security Council to stop the civil war in Syria. Her emboldened statements come after a chemical attack by the Syrian government, on Tuesday, March 4, 2017, that killed dozens of civilians, including many children.
An emergency Security Council meeting convened in response to the assault. Accordingly, Haley, who is also the U.N. Security Council president, took the floor in hopes to assist the council in drafting a resolution denouncing the Syrian government and President Bashar Assad, for the horrifying attack.
Haley Demands that Russia Step In to Stop Assad Regime
The Russian government has had troops in Syria, backing the regime of Assad. It seems probable that the country will reject any proposed U.N. resolution. Haley has taken notice by directly addressing Russia. Specifically, she noted that with all the influence Russia supposedly has in Syria, they have the responsibility to use their authority to stop the attacks.
Haley gave an impassioned plea directed to the super-power governed by Russian President Vladimir Putin,
How many more children have to die before Russia cares?
The believed notion that Russia will act by absolving themselves from any resolution, combined with the viewpoint, the U.N. is constantly failing to work together to resolve issues, Haley inferred, that the U.S. would consider taking military action. She told the council she hopes other nations would demand an engagement to do what is right, in the name of the victims, and to putting an end to the incessant Syrian civil war.
Haley Fights for Resolution in Emergency UN Security Council Meeting
In a concerted effort to showcase the severity of the situation, Haley made a move to stand up and display horrifying photos of lifeless children, as she spoke. The U.N. Security Council president reported the atrocities resulting from Syria’s chemical weapons attack. Explicitly, she referred to the foaming mouths and convulsions of suffering children, as desperate parents carried them. In addition, Haley relayed the horror of seeing bodies arranged in motionless lines:
We saw rows of lifeless bodies, some still in diapers, some with visible scars of a chemical weapons attack. Look at those pictures. We cannot close our eyes to those pictures. We cannot close our minds of the responsibility to act.
Responding to the chemical attacks on Tuesday, the emergency meeting of the Security Council took place at U.N. headquarters, in New York. As a result, the U.S., U.K., and France came together in drafting a resolution that insists Syria release information. The three nations are demanding flight logs from the government of Syria, for the day the attack occurred. Correspondingly, the resolution draft calls for Syrian generals and government officials to meet with the Security Council.
Haley Gathers With Security Council to Make Good on Promise
Haley, and others working on the resolution, detailed the condemnation of Syria’s use of chemical weapons, as an explicit danger to the security and peace to all around the world. In line with the resolution draft, many countries have come together to condemn the attack. They stated they would not use chemical weapons.
The military in Syria, under Assad’s ruling, refutes any accountability for the assault. In September 2013, Syria made an agreement with Russia and the U.S. to get rid of all chemical weapons. At the time, a statement was made by former President Barack Obama.
We have a duty to preserve a world free from fear of chemical weapons for our children.
It is to be noted, that Obama specifically detailed, at that time, “There are consequences should the Assad regime not comply with the framework agreed today. And, if diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act.”
Haley detailed the horrid violence as a “disgrace at the highest level.” Particularly referencing Assad’s regime, she announced that it is evident, “humanity means nothing to the Syrian government.” This is a big turnaround from a statement made, at a news conference, on March 31, 2017. On that day, Haley said that although Assad is seen as a criminal of war standing against peace, she would not rule out working with him in an effort to overthrow the Islamic State. Undoubtedly, working with Assad is no longer an option, as Haley now demands engagement to put a stop to his regimen’s attacks in the Syrian civil war.
By Carol Ruth Weber
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