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Kerry defends release of Syria attack videos
 


September 09, 2013 - Updated 240 PKT
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PARIS: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday defended the publication of graphic videos showing victims of an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime that has catalysed an American push for military strikes.

 

The videos, posted online Saturday by a US congressional panel, show men and children writhing in pain, apparently foaming at the mouth and vomiting.

 

Purportedly taken in the aftermath of the August 21 attack outside the Syrian capital, the footage also aired on US broadcaster CNN and has been condemned as too graphic by critics.

 

But Kerry said it was important American lawmakers know "what is at stake" as they debate whether to authorise punitive strikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

 

"The vast majority of members of Congress, House and Senate, are undecided and that's why the videos are being shown and the briefings are taking place," Kerry said during a visit to Paris.

 

"To make sure everybody understands what is at stake," he said. "Those videos make it clear that this is not something abstract... Those videos make it clear to people that these are real human beings, real children, parents being affected in ways that are unacceptable," he said.

 

"That is why this is important for people to see."

 

The 13 videos were shown to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, according to the panel's website.

 

It said the footage was taken from pro-opposition content posted on YouTube, and carried a warning saying that "viewer discretion is advised."

 

Kerry is in Europe trying to secure backing from Washington's divided allies for military strikes on Syria.

 

The US Congress returns from its summer break on Monday to consider President Barack Obama's plans for strikes and UN inspectors are to release a report into the alleged chemical weapons attack by the weekend.

 

The US accuses the Assad regime of gassing more than 1,400 people to death in the August 21 attack.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
Surley, Mr. Kerry, when the actions of the warring parties become inhuman, it is time for the US to push the rebels to negotiate and stop the hostilities. Assad is the legitimate Syrian government and has an obligation to protect his people and nation from the American instigated and paid insurgents, which the US calls "rebel freedom fighters", but which it called terrorists in Iraq. Go home Kerry - your lies are a disgrace for every American and terrorism for every Syrian.

Regula
USA
When it is to gain Congress for a strike on others, the gory images are allowed, when it is to stop the US's own atrocious actions, then the gory images would "offend" viewers and can't be shown. Talking of double standards and calculated use of other people's pain to gain support for more US atrocity. How many more will be writhing in pain from the US strikes? Ah, then the images will be too graphic to show and silenced over.

Regula
USA
How come there was no pictures released of the 20 children & 6 Adults in Sandy Hook CT. that were Blown apart into pieces by weapons of mass destruction that are legal here in the US? Hmmmmm over 20,000 American kill each other every year with legal guns that they buy here legally. But now we must go to war for atrocities in other country's ?

Mike
USA
How come there was no pictures released of the 20 children & 6 Adults in Sandy Hook CT. that were Blown apart into pieces by weapons of mass destruction that are legal here in the US? Hmmmmm over 20,000 American kill each other every year with legal guns that they buy here legally. But now we must go to war for atrocities in other country's ?

Mike
USA
US needed a ruse to attack Assad. They made one..... in the end they'll realise Assad is better than the sunni insurgents. Syria would son be another training ground for al-qaeda.

hashim adekunle
Nigeria
The only transparency of this administration is the Carterian indecision. Evidently - We need many more RED LINES to be crossed before we Consider any kind of action. The World considers our President to be a CLOWN. And those who try to give him political cover --- more clowns. I came to United States in 1950 and became a devoted US Citizen. I AM ASHAMED to be a Subject of Clowns!

Petr Jandacek
USA
 
 
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