Reid Compares Assad with Nazis to Open Senate Debate
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A picture dated 1939 shows German nazi Chancellor and dictator Adolf Hitler giving a speech during a meeting with nazi high rank officials seated under a large swastika.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid likened Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons to the Nazi’s gassing of nearly 6 million people during World War II in floor remarks today.
“Far too many were neutral” during the Holocaust, Reid said while opening the Senate floor to debate after Congress’ August recess. “Now we’re faced with that choice again.”Reid, a Nevada Democrat, offered a motion to proceed to the Syria resolution introduced last week. The joint resolution would authorize military action, though not ground troops, in Syria. It sets a 60-day limit on action, with one 30-day extension possible.
The U.S. says Assad’s regime used chemical weapons on Aug. 21 to kill more than 1,400 people, including women and children. The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons and blames elements of the opposition.
“Without question, this brutality demands a response,” Reid said. He endorsed the resolution, which he said sets clear limits for a strike.
Congress is doing its “due diligence” in response to President Barack Obama’s decision to seek its authorization for the strike, Reid said. The first procedural vote is set for Wednesday.
“If we allow Assad’s use of chemical weapons to go unchecked and unanswered, hostile forces across the world will also assume that these attacks by demons like Assad are permissible,” Reid said.
Obama will meet with Senate Democrats at their caucus tomorrow, according to Reid.