Missle Strike - Reaction
Doug Barrett | Apr 14, 2018 AT 5:27 pm
NATO has issued a statement of support for its three allies which launched a military strike against Syria over a suspected chemical attack. North Dakota's two US Senators have also issued statements.
John Hoeven: “The Assad regime continues to terrorize its own people, yet again, using chemical weapons on innocent civilians. Last night’s targeted military strike by the U.S., along with our allies Great Britain and France, sent a clear message to Bashar al-Assad, and his enablers Iran and Russia, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. This joint military strike was meant to deter future use of chemical weapons, hitting precise targets with the goal of damaging the regime’s chemical weapon capabilities.
“We truly appreciate the dedication and skill of our men and women in uniform who carried out this difficult mission, along with our British and French allies.”
Heidi Heitkamp: “The images of chemical weapons attacks on innocent civilians in Syria – including children – are incredibly sad and disturbing. The international community must condemn such horrific actions and not allow them to take place. Assad must be held accountable for his egregious human rights violations and the gassing of his own people—a crime against international law and humanity as well as an act of unspeakable cowardice.
“Now we need to see from the administration an updated, clear strategy that carefully considers the next appropriate military and diplomatic steps while avoiding an extended military conflict. Any U.S. military action in the region must be wary of dragging our armed forces into a protracted and broader conflict in the region, especially as our military faces challenges impacting U.S. interests around the globe. Particularly during these fraught times, I'm thinking of our servicemembers both at home and abroad.