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Kerry speech raises prospect of US intervention in Syria

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“America knows”. That was the message delivered by US Secretary of State John Kerry to the American people and the world about the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons.

He blamed Damascus for the deaths of nearly 1500 of its own people, trying to destroy the evidence, and hindering the UN inspectors.

“The UN investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons, that is not the mandate of the UN investigation. They will only affirm whether such weapons were used. And because of the guaranteed Russian obstructionism of any action through the UN Security Council the UN cannot galvanise the world to act as it should,” he said.

While Kerry deplored that the UN was rendered unable to act immediately, the tone of his speech was that America would not wait for more people to die, and that it was ready and determined to act.