President Obama says U.S. can't ignore chemical attacks

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the U.S. cannot ignore the chemical weapon attack in Syria because doing so would increase the risk that such weapons could be used again.

President Obama made the remarks during his weekly address on Sunday from the White House. The President said more than 1,000 innocent people were murdered in Syria during the August 21 attack, including hundreds of children. He said that chemical weapons are banned by most governments because of the inhumane way in which the weapons kill people.

"This was not only a direct attack on human dignity; it is a serious threat to our national security," President Obama said. "There's a reason governments representing 98 percent of the world's people have agreed to ban the use of chemical weapons. Not only because they cause death and destruction in the most indiscriminate and inhumane way possible - but because they can also fall into the hands of terrorist groups who wish to do us harm."

President Obama said that he decided the U.S. should take military action against the Syrian regime because it has a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack against its own people. He understood that the American people are weary after 10 years of war, but he said the U.S. has a responsibility to act against such injustice.

"We can't ignore chemical weapons attacks like this one - even if they happen halfway around the world," President Obama said. "And that's why I call on members of Congress, from both parties, to come together and stand up for the kind of world we want to live in; the kind of world we want to leave our children and future generations."