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September 4, 2013: Jewish Umbrella Group Says Assad’s Brutality Invites Response

05:04 PM Sep 04, 2013

Jewish Umbrella Group Says Assad’s Brutality Invites Response

Washington, DC - Outraged by Syria’s wanton use of chemical weapons, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) today expressed support for President Obama’s plan for a military response and urged Congress to authorize the action.

“For over two years now, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has proven himself unfit to rule his country, choosing to meet political protest and armed resistance with the massacre of tens of thousands of civilians. Now, with persuasive evidence that he has used large amounts of sarin gas in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), other international treaties and basic human decency, Assad himself has invited retaliation. The President’s plan is a clear message that we will no longer watch on the sidelines as civilians are gassed,” said JCPA Chair Larry Gold.

“The use of force is never arrived at lightly,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “But given Assad’s indifference to the worldwide consensus that chemical weapons are too barbaric to use even against combatants, let alone civilians, he must face the consequences. We support President Obama’s decision to launch a targeted and limited military response. It will communicate to Assad and any others tempted to use or acquire weapons of mass destruction that the United States stands by our warnings and our values. The Congress should act quickly to authorize the action. We also strongly urge the United States and international community to enhance humanitarian aid to the millions of refugees fleeing Assad’s reign of terror.”

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