“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. For the sake of the victims, I hope the rest of the Council is finally willing to do the same.” – Ambassador Nikki Haley
What is happening in Syria is genocide. After the Arab Spring in 2011, a civil war has broken out in Syria and according to the United Nations, an estimated 400,000 people have been killed. If that was not enough, as of last December, 4.81 million Syrians have left the country and 6.3 million people are displaced internally.
First, reported in April of 2013 by then U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons laced with Sarin gas against his own people. Three months later, the Obama Administration announced that Syria had crossed a ‘red line’. After President Obama and Congress failed to act, al-Assad agreed to a Russian proposal to give up his chemical weapons. Despite celebration and strong talk by the United States and the U.N. that those weapons were incinerated, three and a half years later, with the help of Russian air support, those chemical weapons are back.
After the latest slaughter, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley went off on Russia for its role in the massacre. Looking dead at Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, Haley asked, “how many more children have to die before Russia cares? The United States sees yesterday’s attack as a disgrace at the highest level and assurance that humanity means nothing to the Syrian government.”
Haley went on, “men, women, the elderly, and children gasping for their very last breath. As first responders, doctors, and nurses rushed to help the victims, a second round of bombs rained down. They died in the same slow, horrendous manner as the civilians they were trying to save.”
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) April 5, 2017
You can watch the whole thing below.
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) April 6, 2017
Actions speak louder than words. That being said, if you are going to use words, this is how you do it. Haley is a strong leader. She understands the situation in Syria and the lack of action by the U.N. I have always believed in Reagan’s foreign policy philosophy of peace through strength. The key is strength. Haley showed that, Wednesday.