Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday compared the Nazi effort to exterminate millions of Jews to the atrocities in Syria in an impassioned plea for Congress to authorize military strikes.
Reid sought to reverse the political momentum that has turned against a use-of-force resolution in recent days by warning that the United States would face future condemnation failing to act.
Reid warned the nation would bear moral responsibility if it failed to deliver a retaliatory strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad, drawing a comparison to world leaders of the last century who failed to stop the methodical killing of Europe’s Jews.
The Nevada Democrat said he has often contemplated an inscription on the wall of Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum in recent days.
“It’s on the wall. It’s from 'Dante’s Inferno,'” he said.
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”