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Rep. Zeldin Statement on U.S. Missile Strike Against Syria

April 6, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement tonight in response to the United States missile strike against Syria:

“Bashar al-Assad’s barbaric decision to again use chemical weapons against his own civilian populace resulted in the murder of dozens of innocent men, women, and children. The rest of the world must not sit idly by witnessing such horrific acts of cruelty against innocent civilians. Not only should these chemical weapons have already been destroyed, but the deployment of these illegal weapons are clearly a direct violation of international law. A destabilized Syria has contributed to the rise of ISIS and other regional and global threats. Most recently, it contributed to children being senselessly and tragically murdered. Tonight’s decisive action by the Trump administration sends a powerful message that this particular red line can never be crossed without consequences. It is important to note that the U.S. missile strike in Syria targeted infrastructure, not people. Complacency and inaction has proven to be very costly in the past and we must be smarter and more effective with our efforts, which must include broadening our coalition of support to turn the tide in a country that is sadly in complete chaos, culminating in inhumane chemical warfare against innocent lives. The next chapter for Syria should be one that changes direction in favor of stability and peace. I’d be remiss if I didn’t note tonight how in the United States this evening, Americans are reminded yet again of how very blessed we are to have the finest men and women in uniform serving the most amazing and talented military this world has ever seen.”