World Bulletin / News Desk
"We are beyond appeals to conscience. We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done," Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the UN, told an emergency Security Council briefing on Saturday’s attack.
"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria," she said.
"Either way, the United States will respond."
The meeting followed U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that the decision on a U.S. response would come within the next day or two, saying: "This is about humanity and it can’t be allowed to happen,”
The meeting was called by the U.S. and eight other members of the Council to hold the Assad regime accountable and to demand an investigation and access to victims.
-'Only a monster'
“Only a monster targets civilians and then ensures that there are no ambulances to transfer the wounded. No hospitals to save their lives. No doctors or medicine to ease their pain," Haley continued.
"I could hold up pictures of all of this killing and suffering for the council to see, but what would be the point? The monster who was responsible for these attacks has no conscience, not even to even be shocked by pictures of dead children.”
Haley also slammed the Security Council’s failure to counter Syria normalizing the use of chemical weapons, saying: "The great evil of chemical weapons use that once unified the world in opposition is on the verge of becoming the new normal."
Pointing the finger at Moscow for supporting Assad, Haley said: "The Russian regime, whose hands are also covered in the blood of Syrian children, cannot be shamed by pictures of its victims,"
She added: "We must not overlook Russia and Iran’s roles in enabling the Assad regime’s murderous destruction.”