As President Donald Trump on Monday warned he soon would be making “major decisions” to respond “forcefully” to murderous suspected chemical attacks against civilians in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma, the stakes for the United Nations in the made-in-Syria crisis were just as high.
Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., passionately outlined the challenge for the world organization at an emergency meeting of the Security Council, called to debate what to do next about the April 7 chemical assault by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
The attack is believed to have killed more than 40 people, including numerous women and children, and left perhaps 100 more injured.
“We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,” Haley warned. “There can be no more rationalizations for our failure to act.”
“History will record this,” she declared, “as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.”