U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Threatens Unilateral U.S. Action in Syria

(COMMONDREAMSHolding up photos of dead children as justification for potential war, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday that if the U.N. doesn’t take action in Syria, “we may.”

“When the U.N. 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,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council at an emergency meeting called in response to Tuesday’s suspected chemical attack in Syria’s northern province of Idlib.

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CNN described her remarks as “the most direct threat of unilateral action by the U.S. delegation at the U.N. to solve the Syria crisis.”

Tom Newton Dunn, political editor for the U.K.’s Sun newspaper, said on Twitter that Haley’s comments on U.N. inaction were reminiscent of those “that George W Bush’s administration used at [the] U.N. in late 2002,” to justify the invasion of Iraq.

The threat came even as Haley herself acknowledged: “We don’t yet know everything about yesterday’s attack.” The former governor of South Carolina also blamed Russia for having “shielded [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad from U.N. sanctions.”

“We need to see them put an end to these horrific acts,” she said. “How many more children have to die before Russia cares?”

The investigative outlet Airwars, which tracks international airstrikes in the Middle East, reports that a total of 701 children and 391 women are reported to be among those killed in confirmed and likely U.S. coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since August 2014.

Meanwhile, at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday’s chemical attack “was a heinous act and will be treated as such.”

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  • Ali Hashim

    Hafez al Asaad is an ass hole. He is capable of doing this. But what does he gain? The US and other powers had recently conceded that he is better than the other options. Donald Trump’s position had been that Syria was not his concern – so why jeopardize all this? Russia could do this in Chechnya but probably not elsewhere. Donald Trump would not deliberately order the killing of babies – not even in his angry moments. So who will befit most from this. Perhaps those powers who would like Trump to change his position and now go after Asaad – now that ISIS is loosing ground. i.e. the Turks, the Saudis, the UAE. Who would they use if they wanted to do so. The Al Nusra front and other like minded parties. I leave the Israelis out because they can just sit back and watch while the Muslim world kills each other!

  • euclides de oliveira neto

    Continua insistindo na mentira ? Além de idiota, incita os outros membros a participar dessa farsa, para obter uma “licença para matar” na Siria… e tudo para cumprir ordens recebidas do verdadeiro governo dos USA, a sonista máfia khazarian-Israel-bankster…