Kerry: If We Don't Strike Syria "We Will Have Lost Credibility In The World"

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JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: Our effort is to β€” is to preserve this international norm regarding the β€” the β€” the prohibition on the use of these terrible weapons. And people saw the other day, Chris, in the horrible scenes and in β€” in, uh, the social media of these children who were snuffed out at night in their sleep, parents, grandparents, everybody killed by gas, by a β€” by β€” by something that the world has condemned and said we will not use.

Now, if we don’t stand up to that, together with the people who are prepared to stand up with us β€” and there are many β€” and the French are prepared to and others in the Middle East are prepared to and our friends in Turkey and others, Poland and other places in the world.

Because we have more people prepared to stand up today and join the United States than actually we could use in the limit β€” limitations of this kind of action.

But if we don’t do this, Assad will have the message that he can use these weapons with impunity. We will have turned our back on the next batch of children, on the next batch of parents. We will have turned our back on the international norm, we will have lost credibility in the world and I guarantee you, if we turn our backs today, the picture that we all saw in the paper today and the media of those people being shot, that will take place more, because more extremists will be attracted to this because they will be funded as the only alternative in order to take on Assad.

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