President Obama had a request Tuesday for opponents of intervention in Syria: Watch some videos.
Addressing the U.S.’s efforts in Syria, he said President Bashar al-Assad’s regime gassed more than 1,00o people on Aug. 21, including hundreds of children.
He asked “my friends on the right” to “reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with the failure to act when a cause is so plainly just.” He asked “friends on the left” to “reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor.”
And then he asked us all to spend some time on YouTube.
“Indeed, I’d ask every member of Congress and those of you watching at home tonight to view those videos of the attack, and then ask, what kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way?”
There are lots of videos available, but we’re posting footage from ABC News in part because it’s so graphic. The president wants us to take an honest look at what happened in Syria. Here it is.