The UN Security Council has led an emergency meeting Monday related to the allegations of a Saturday chemical weapons attack in Syria. The meeting was called at the behest of the US and its allies.
As with most emergency meetings, little of substance was accomplished, and it mostly boiled down to the US and Russia criticizing each other, with Russia noting that there was no evidence the incident even took place. US Ambassador Nikki Haley blamed Russia for the attack, and vowed to respond.
The US was already threatening to respond militarily before the meeting, however. Britain appears to be mostly backing the US, saying they also consider all options on the table, though their ambassador did say it would be nice to have a “proper investigation.” A US resolution against Syria was introduced, but unsurprisingly vetoed by Russia.
Investigations don’t happen in 2018, however, especially when officials are looking at hasty responses to dubious allegations. Much as Britain was quick to push moves against Russia over an alleged Salisbury poisoning, the US seems eager to react long before any evidence can be gathered.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Struggles to Find Destinations for ISIS Detainees in Syria - July 18th, 2018
- Syrian Rebel City of Nawa Surrenders After Intense Airstrikes - July 18th, 2018
- Trump: Russia Doesn't Pose a Threat to US - July 18th, 2018
- Russia Urges UN to Mull Easing North Korea Sanctions Amid Diplomatic Progress - July 18th, 2018
- Israel Approves Jewish Nation-State Law in Narrow Vote - July 18th, 2018