(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/22/13) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today urged the Obama administration to “act without delay” to prevent the Syrian regime from again using chemical weapons on the civilian population in that nation.
CAIR made that call for action after videos surfaced of apparent chemical attacks on an area near Damascus that killed hundreds of men, women and children.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“Despite President Obama's clear statement that use of chemical weapons constitutes a 'red line' that must not be crossed, little or no action has been taken by our government to stop the massacre of Syrian civilians using banned weapons.
“We condemn this most recent violence and urge our government to act without delay in taking concrete steps to bring an end to criminal attacks by the Assad regime that have already killed more than 100,000 Syrians.
“President Obama should also carry out his as yet unfulfilled pledge to send military supplies to those fighting for freedom in Syria. Statements alone are insufficient to persuade Assad and his regime to step aside and to allow freedom and justice to take root in Syria.
“The Syrian regime must be forced to allow a U.N. investigation of this deadly attack and America must work with other leading nations to end the conflict.
“History will not be kind to those who merely stand and watch as millions suffer and die in Syria.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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