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Wasserman Schultz justifies Syria attack: ‘As a Jew … never again has to mean something’


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

By Jessica Chasmar

The Washington Times

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Appearing on CNN Monday night, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz justified an attack on Syria as moral, because “as a Jew … the concept of never again has to mean something.”

Wolf Blitzer asked the Florida Democrat what President Obama’s next move would be if Congress were to reject a strike on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“Well, I feel confident that our colleagues, my colleagues both on the Republican side of the aisle as well as the Democratic side of the aisle are not going to jeopardize the credibility of the United States,” Mrs. Wasserman Schultz said.

“For me as a mother, to see that searing image of babies lined up, murdered by their own government, innocent children,” she continued. “I mean, as a Jew, Wolf, I have to tell you, as a member of Congress who represents one of the largest Holocaust survivor populations in the country, to me, the concept of never again, has to mean something. And the United States, morally, cannot turn the other cheek. Too many leaders of ours have regretted that decision.”

House leaders from both side of the aisle said Tuesday they’ll back President Obama’s plan for military strikes against Assad.

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“This is something that the United States and the country needs to do. I’m going to support the president’s call for action, and I believe my colleagues should support this call for action,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor also announced his support for strikes.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi agreed, saying Assad’s suspected use of sarin gas against his own people is “behavior outside the circle of civilized human behavior, and we must respond.”