'Are you truly incapable of shame?' U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power blasts Russia, Syria over Aleppo 'evil'

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., blasts Russia, Syria, Iran over Aleppo
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At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday night, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the gathered diplomats he had received "credible reports" of Syrian government forces and allies slaughtering civilians in eastern Aleppo, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by regional militias and Russian air power, are close to capturing the part of the city held by opposition forces since 2012. Syria's U.N. ambassador, Bashar al-Ja'afari, denied the reports of mass killings but said his government has a "constitutional right" to attack opposition forces, adding, "Aleppo has been liberated from terrorists and those who toyed with terrorism."

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., offered a stinging rebuke, telling "the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran — three member states behind the conquest of and carnage in Aleppo — you bear responsibility for these atrocities." This assault on humanity "will not end with Aleppo, and it will not focus on terrorists — it never has, and there is no evidence that it will," she said, dwelling on the word "terrorist," Assad's label for any opponent. "Clearly, young children — they must be terrorists because everybody being executed, everybody being barrel bombed, everybody who's been chlorine attacked, you're going to be told they are all terrorists — every last one of them, even the infants," she said. Power addressed Russia, Syria, and Iran:

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.