On Thursday night, the United States carried out a cruise missile attack on the Syrian military airfield in Ash Shayrat, located in the vicinity of the beautiful Christian town of Homs, full of ancient Christian Orthodox churches. Trump said the attack was a response to a reported chemical weapon use in Idlib, for which Washington put the blame on the government of President Bashar Assad even before an investigation could be determine the source of the chemical attack.
In the letter Trump stated: “The United States will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further its national interests.”
His decision to attack Syria would certainly be welcomed by the US military-industrial complex, but foreign countries such as Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar also benefit from Trump’s take on US “national interest”.
Trump claims he is acting to avert a “humanitarian catastrophe”. The American attack on Shayrat Airbase in Syria killed 14 people including nine innocent civilians, the governor of Homs told RT. The Shayrat Airbase was crucial in lending daily protection to a town full of Syrian Christians.
Neither US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, nor Trump’s National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster could present a coherent explanation of what the US missile attack had achieved. At their joint news conference after the missile strike they maintained that it was a reprisal raid for the alleged Syrian chemical weapon attack on Khan Sheikhoun.
No international investigation has established Syria’s guilt, and neither has the US itself been a target of that attack, as required by Article 1, Section 8, of the US Constitution and the by War Powers Resolution of 1973.
“Regime change” in Syria has now become one of the top priorities of Trump’s administration, US United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley declared, despite the many assurances by Trump himself that the policy would be abandoned.
“We don’t see a peaceful Syria with [President Bashar al-Assad] in there,” Haley told CNN in a interview to be aired on Sunday.
As a number of studies have shown, of all eligible voters in the United States, only 27 percent voted for Trump. Twenty-eight percent voted for Hillary Clinton and 44 percent did not vote.
In terms of the popular vote, Trump needed every white voter he could get to win the electoral college. Those are sadly the voters most likely to be sent to fight a hot war in Syria.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is meanwhile being held responsible for his alarming decision. #FireKushner was the top trending topic on social media Friday night through Saturday morning. George Soros is the secret financier to the Kuschner-backed start-up Cadre.
— The Swog Blog (@TheSwogBlog) April 7, 2017
Strenghtened by the US attack, ISIS has launched a surprise offensive on the Tanf Border Crossing between Syria and Iraq following a powerful car bomb attack on the border outpost which killed three insurgents, Al Masdar News reported.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the United States did not warn Russia prior to launching its missile strike on the base of the Syrian Air Force, and instead informed Moscow only through regular “deconflicting” channels.
On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the US missile attack on the Syrian military airfield violated international law.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) April 9, 2017
In 2013, Damascus joined the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and agreed to destroy its stockpile under Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) oversight. In January 2016, the OPCW announced that all chemical weapons in Syria had been destroyed.
Meanwhile Russia’s Admiral Grigorovich cruise missile-armed frigate has joined the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean, following exercises in the Black Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said “terrorists are celebrating” US strikes on the Syrian airbase. His comments echo the response from Russia, which like Iran is allied to Syria, and from Syria itself.
In a speech broadcast on state television, Rouhani said: “The man who is now in office in America claimed that he wanted to fight terrorism. But today, all the terrorists in Syria are celebrating this US attack. “Why did you help terrorist groups and support them in your first move?”