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Kerry calls attack against Syrian civilians ‘crime against humanity’

Secretary of State John KerryNBC NEWS – Secretary of State John Kerry made a forceful moral case Friday for the United States to punish Syria for using chemical weapons — painting a ghastly portrait of twitching bodies, victims foaming at the mouth and more than 400 children killed.

He called Syrian leader Bashar Assad “a thug and a murderer” and pledged, to a country weary after more than a decade of war in the Middle East, that the American response would not involve troops on the ground and would not be open-ended.

With Americans skeptical, members of Congress raising questions and other nations outright objecting to a U.S. attack, Kerry said the world had to answer what he called a “crime against conscience,” carried out last week in the suburbs of the Syrian capital.

“My friends, it matters here if nothing is done. It matters if the world speaks out in condemnation and then nothing happens,” he said.

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