PARIS – The Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian government is necessary, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.
Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Kerry said the videos make clear that the attack is not something Americans can ignore.
The United States has accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's government of using chemical weapons in an assault Aug. 21, and cited intelligence reports as saying it killed at least 1,429 people, including more than 400 children. The videos show the victims exhibiting what appear to be symptoms of nerve gas poisoning.
"Those videos make it clear to people that these are real human beings, real children, parents being affected in ways that are unacceptable to anybody, anywhere by any standards," Kerry said. "And the United States of America that has always stood with others to say we will not allow this – this is not our values, it's not who we are."
Kerry is in Europe trying to raise European support for a strike in Syria and also discussing Middle East peace negotiations.
He also met with representatives of the Arab League. He said Saudi Arabia, a supporter of the Syrian opposition fighting Assad, supports a military action.