On Friday, Kerry ramped up his efforts to convince the American public that Assad was responsible for the chemical attacks last week.
He opened his speech describing the horrific chemical attacks last week. He reminded people of how much those who died in the attacks suffered.
He included how they were twitching, having spasms and difficulty breathing. Kerry said in his speech on Friday, “We saw rows of dead lined up in burial shrouds, the white linen unstained by a single drop of blood.”
Some say this was a reference to a photo used by the BBC. The photo was of a child jumping over hundreds of dead bodies covered in white shrouds.
His alleged reference to the photo was supposed to be a depiction of the victims who died in last week’s chemical weapons attack. The photo was taken by Marco di Lauro in Iraq in 2003, according to The Telegraph. The picture accompanied a BBC News report titled, “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows.”
After it was proven the photo was not of a massacre in Houla the BBC printed a retraction. Kerry then went on to wildly exaggerate the number of dead in last week’s attack.
CBS reports that Kerry said: “It’s important for us to recognize when over 1,000 people are killed.” He got those numbers from a recently de-classified report on the Aug. 21 attack. It says 1,429 people, including at least 426 children were killed in last week’s attack. However, Kerry lied because according to the humanitarian group Doctors without borders the number of dead was 355.
The Secretary of State indicated the Obama administration will continue negotiating with Congress and the American people. Despite the increasing number of our allies refusing to get involved Kerry misrepresented the facts about having “many friends ready to respond.”
On Thursday evening the UK Parliament voted no to military strikes against Syria, according to the BBC. Germany also made their unwillingness known to intervene in Syria, they are not even considering it, according to ABC News.
On the other hand France showed their support by releasing a statement. They intend to act alongside the US. According to France 24 they said: “France has not changed its position on a possible military intervention in Syria, President François Hollande said on Friday, following a vote in Britain’s parliament against the motion.”
Apparently the U.S. and France will not be happy until we are embroiled in another Middle Eastern conflict. They won’t be satisfied until we have more dead Marines, sailors, airmen and soldiers coming home in flag-draped coffins.
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