In an interview on Wednesday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. had some harsh words for the U.S. government’s response to the recent chemical attack in Syria.
CNN’s New Day host Alisyn Camerota asked Kinzinger how he would respond to a message from 7-year-old Bana Alabed, a Syrian refugee, who said, “The world is watching. The world doesn’t do anything.”
“I want to stop the war and I want the children of Syria to play and go to school,” the young girl added.
Kinzinger replied that he was ashamed of the inaction of the U.S. government to address the issue.
“I’m ashamed of our government’s actions so far and inaction. I wish I had the ability to move forces to do what needs to be done,” Kinzinger said.
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He continued, “What I would tell to her is, ‘Look, people are paying attention. The problem is we need more people to pay attention and get past our fear of action because of what we felt the wars have been like in the past.’”
“We’re not talking about another Iraq 3 here, we’re talking about a terrible humanitarian crisis,” he added.
The recent chemical attack in Syria is responsible for the death of at least 72 people, 20 of them children.
Kinzinger blamed Bashar-al-Assad for depriving these children of the chance to realize their dreams.
“These are all kids that want to be teachers, that want to be doctors, they want to be police officers,” Kinzinger commented.
“They dream of having a family of their own someday. And an evil dictator named Bashar al-Assad decides that it is to his political advantage to put chemical weapons in their face and choke them to death.”
“Until the Western world stands up … this is going to continue,” he said, adding it is time to “quit pretending this is gong to burn itself out.”
Kinzinger called on President Donald Trump to issue an on-camera response to the attack.
Trump has said the attack was “reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.”
He released a statement blaming the Obama administration for failing to do what it promised to do.
“These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the last administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing,” the statement read.