Nikki Haley Attacks Russia with Unsubstantiated Accusations

When Nikki Haley attacks Vladimir Putin at the United Nations, is she trying to escalate the Cold War, or start a hot one?

When Nikki Haley attacks Russia, one can only wonder how much longer the attack will only be with words. She repeats the claim, for which there is no evidence, that Syria used chemical weapons. She adds the claim that Russia launched a chemical attack in Britain and demands an “immediate” response from the United Nations before anything has been proven.

A war with Russia would be much more serious than a conflict with North Korea, and Putin’s recent rhetoric makes it clear he may not want to avoid such an outcome. As we play a game of “chicken” with Russia, we are risking something worse than chemical weapons.

The Washington Examiner reports, “Nikki Haley warns: Russia could use chemical weapons in New York.

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“If we don’t take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used,” Haley told the United Nations Security Council. “They could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this Council. This is a defining moment.”

Haley raised the specter of new attacks during an emergency council meeting, held at the request of British officials who have accused Russia of using “a military-grade nerve agent” to target a former military intelligence officer who committed treason. Russian diplomats have denied responsibility for the incident, but British investigators say they have identified the poison as a chemical weapon produced by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

“Time and time again, member-states say they oppose the use of chemical weapons under any circumstance,” Haley said. “Now one member stands accused of using chemical weapons on the sovereign soil of another member. The credibility of this council will not survive if we fail to hold Russia accountable.”

Russia has denied responsibility for the March 4 incident […]

Russia faulted the United Kingdom for taking action before submitting to a formal investigation brokered by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. “Those experts will not be convinced by their argument,” he predicted.

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