U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley opened an emergency Security Council session Wednesday to discuss what some members called the "monstrous, heinous" attack in Syria that killed scores of civilians, including numerous children.
But there were early indications that the same hurdle the council has always faced on Syria — vetoes by China and Russia — would stymie immediate action regarding the suspected chemical gas attack.
"This body has always been eloquent" in its condemnations, Ukraine's ambassador, Volodymyr Yelchenko, said. "But that's about it. There is an outstanding gap between talk and action."