Rep. Kelly Supports U.S. Airstrike Against Assad Regime in Syria

Apr 7, 2017 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the launch of numerous missile strikes by the United States last night against a government air base in central Syria in response to the chemical weapons attack carried out by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad earlier this week against Syrian civilians.

“Last night the world’s greatest force for good stood up to pure evil. The deliberate gassing of innocent men, women, and children by their own government demands retaliation by those with the power and virtue to fight it and stop it. History is filled with painful lessons about what happens when civilized nations turn a blind eye to such atrocities against humanity. I applaud President Trump for heeding those lessons and having the courage to take action. For too long, the lack of confident leadership by the world’s sole superpower only emboldened bad actors like the Assad regime to commit further aggression. The result was the shattering of regional peace, the spread of militarized terror, and the erosion of American credibility. I am proud and relieved to see America once again lead with strength and moral certitude. Through all that lies ahead, my prayers are with the United States Armed Forces, the innocent people of Syria, and all those who struggle in the name of peace and freedom.”

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