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(NECN: Julie Loncich) - "We saw rows of children lying side by side sprawled on a hospital floor. All of them dead from Assad's gas," said Secretary of State John Kerry.
In a stirring speech, Kerry outlined a forceful case for U.S. military intervention in Syria, detailing newly declassified UN reports and describing the horrors that by now many have seen.
According to Kerry, there have been 1429 killed by chemical warfare, including 426 children. Kerry says there is also undeniable evidence that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not only responsible, but tried to cover it up.
"Instead, for four days, they shelled the neighborhood in order to destroy evidence. Bombarding block after block at a rate four times higher than they had over the previous 10 days," said Kerry.
"The world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons," said President Obama.
Astutely aware U.S. military involvement is not a popular choice, President Obama said Syria must be held accountable. Obama said he will not consider boots on the ground, but he said it would be irresponsible not to act.
"It increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us," said Obama.
Finding allies has proven difficult for the U.S. Britain opted out of a military strike on Friday, leaving France as the nation's primary ally.