Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Monday that the United States places the blame for last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria with the al-Assad government regime as the world awaits to see if the United States and it allies will use military force to attack targets in Syria to cripple the Syrian government.
Kerry used strong language to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria last week that took a heavy toll on ordinary Syrian civilians in anti-government rebel-held areas around Damascus.
“Make no mistake, President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people” Kerry said.
International aid group Doctors Without Borders said that three hospitals it operates in the Damascus area had already treated around 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms” and 355 patients had already died.
Kerry described the recent chemical weapons attacks in the Damascus area as a “moral obscenity” and “inexcusable” while the U.S. seeks to bolster more international support for some type of military response against the Syrian government.
“What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. And let me be clear, the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity” Kerry said.
“By any standard, it is inexcusable. And despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable” Kerry continued.
Red Line Talk
Last year, President Obama spoke vaguely to reporters about the Syrian government crossing the “red line” while offering no details about the consequences that the United States is prepared to deliver once the line is crossed.
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” President Obama said a year ago.
“That would change my calculus. That would change my equation” Obama emphasized.
U.N. inspectors met yesterday in areas around Damascus greeted by sniper gunfire before gaining access to the sites where chemical weapons were allegedly used.
Inspectors are set to begin a second day of investigations at the attack sites to search for more clues about whether the al-Assad government in Syria is responsible for the chemical attack.
Reuters reported that Britain claims the Syrian government was shelling the attacked sites in advance of the U.N inspections to destroy any remaining evidence of chemical attacks.
Kerry acknowledged yesterday before reporters that President Obama was consulting with America’s allies before he decides how to respond.
Many military experts believe that President Obama is likely to order the firing of cruise missiles launched from American navy destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at military targets in Syria.
The Syrian government has a sophisticated air defense system operating across their borders that could pose some risks to U.S. fighter jets.