In the video, a child’s arm violently twitches, an image that left the U.S. Senate Democratic leader struggling to comprehend a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria that left an estimated 426 children dead.
“Pictures taken following the dropping of those horrible weapons, I will never get that out of my mind,” Senator Harry Reid said Monday after viewing a 13-minute video of Syrian victims.
“Little baby boys and girls dressed in little colorful play clothes. Boys and girls, some who looked like teenagers, retching in spasm,” he said. “These poisons kill the kids first. Their little bodies can’t take this as well as older folks.”
“Because of the prevalence of social media, it’s impossible to hide – particularly something on the scale of this attack – these kinds of things anymore,” said Mona Yacoubian, a Middle East expert at the Stimson Center.
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