Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee US Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) says that chemical weapons use by Syrian President Bashar Assad requires "a decisive response."
Following a national security call on Syria, Menendez released a statement saying, "This is not a moment to look the other way, to blind ourselves to the horrifying images in Syria."
He added that he also did not want to "send the dangerous message to the global community that we [the US] would allow the use of a chemical weapons attack to take place with impunity.
"A decisive and consequential US response is justified and warranted to protect Syrians, as well as to send a global message that chemical weapons attacks in violation of international law will not stand.”
He added that vulnerable populations throughout the world could become potential targets if the US did not act.
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