Turkish foreign minister says
"red line crossed" in Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday a "red line was crossed" in Syria and called for international action following reports of a massacre involving chemical weapons.


"We call on the international community in this situation where the red line was crossed long ago to intervene as soon as possible," he said in Berlin after talks with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle.


Davutoglu said the United Nations Security Council had been too hesitant in the face of the bloodletting in Syria.


"If we don't manage to pass sanctions, we will lose the power to create a deterrent," he said, speaking through an interpreter.


"If we don't act decisively, even worse massacres will follow."


Westerwelle said the reports of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime were still unverified.


"But if they were to be confirmed that would be monstrous," he said.


He called for UN weapons inspectors "to be granted immediate access to investigate the allegations".


The main Syrian opposition group claims that as many as 1,300 people were killed in a chemical weapons attack Wednesday on rebel areas near Damascus.


Videos distributed by activists, the authenticity of which could not immediately be verified, showed medics attending to suffocating children and hospitals being overwhelmed.


UN Security Council members are seeking "clarity" on the suspected chemical weapons attack.


But diplomats said the council did not adopt a formal declaration because of opposition from Russia and China, which have for the last two years blocked any condemnation of their ally in Damascus.


Westerwelle said he "regretted" the Russian and Chinese position, saying it met with "incomprehension" from Western powers.

We call on the international community in this situation where the red line was crossed long ago to intervene as soon as possible.

  • timothy.moynihansr

    You guys handle this the good old USA we'll sit this one out.

    August 22, 2013

  • carl.curmudgeon.7

    Not possible. Assad and Syria worship and fear the Obamessiah. They love and revere him, just as he said they would. And by extension, all Muslims now love America, especially the Jihadists.

    August 22, 2013

  • Sovereignty Soldier

    This is BS! Nobody is supporting this war or any other against a sovereign nation! We, the US as well as the UK are funding the foreign terrorists to destabilize nations that actually seek to help their people rather than enslave them. Those same foreign terrorists are killing Christians and burning churches both in Syria and Egypt. Our government is financing Christians deaths. The same terrorists used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians to use it in media and blame Assad so sheep will support the war! One problem, why would Assad target civilians, children? Wouldn't he target the terrorists trying to destabilize Syria? So where are the dead terrorist pics? None but women and children to enflame sheeple who react without thinking!

    August 22, 2013

  • casplat

    Don't fall for the false Flag! Assad didn't bomb his people it was Jihadists! Most likely same folks that did 911. Wake up it's NWO! But like media followers you'll believe what they lie about. Propaganda lies to take over another country!

    August 22, 2013

  • casplat

    False Flag! Assad had nothing to do with it! It's all Muslim Brotherhood and Jihadists! Whatever it takes to take over another country! NWO.... Please don't fall for the BS propaganda! PLEASE........

    August 22, 2013

  • klwhite99

    Article from Mail Online dated Jan. 29 2013 saying that the e-mails were intercepted from defense contractors in U.S. planning to launch chemical weapons attack and blame it on Assad regime and that it had been approved by Washington: http://web.archive.org/web/20130129213824/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html

    August 22, 2013

  • bb959

    The posted web page has been washed. It's gone.

    August 22, 2013

  • Barry

    And the U.S. seeks to legitimize giving support to the rebel forces, so CIA helps stage an attack making it look like Assad did this to his own people? More of the same Rodeo Clown if you ask me.

    August 22, 2013

  • richard.baker.165033

    And the Turkish Foreign Minister advocates doing what, exactly?

    August 22, 2013

  • Barry

    And the U.S. moved what, which, weapons through Turkey to Syrian rebels? Hum, might this be more of the same from the Obama criminal administration to justify, and salvage, his ego and stance on Syria that has to this point been nothing more than sheer embarrassment.

    August 22, 2013

  • er.boothe

    Every one says Syria crossed the red line, but I don't see any of them strapping on their gas masks and going in there to stop them.

    August 22, 2013