Last week President Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles, targeting Shayrat airbase near Homs – the same airbase from which the Syrian Airforce presumable launched last week’s chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun. The strike itself didn’t cause any damage. The Syrians knew in advance and they were able to preserve almost all of the aircrafts, flying sorties just hours after the attack. Exxon Mobile’s shares however went up 3% immediately after the strike was announced.
As Donald Trump himself said – the message that the attack sent was more important. The US will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons. But did Bashar al-Assad really used such weapons? Well, as in investigating any other crime, we should start with the evidence in hand.
At this moment there really aren’t any to be honest. There has been no real investigation on the ground, just pictures that could have easily been staged. The spokesperson for the Syrian Army reported that there were indeed airstrikes in the village in question, but their view of the story is a bit different. The Syrian government claims that they struck an rebel warehouse with chem weapons, that was also used to produce the weapons in question. Moreover, they have sold them in the past to ISIS in Iraq, who used them on the Iraqi Army. The cases are well documented, so this part at least is certainly right. The same chemical munitions were used by militants in Aleppo, where Russian military experts took samples in late 2016. According to the report by the Russian government, Khan Sheikhoun civilians, who recently suffered a chemical attack, displayed identical symptoms to those of Aleppo chemical attack victims.
Furthermore, let’s look at the motive. Why would Bashar al-Assad use chemical weapons against his own people? In a time where everything is uploaded on the internet. Recently with the help of the Iranian, Hezbollah and Russia, he has been winning the war. Why would he risk all of this? It makes no sense.
However, the US still used the chemical attack as an excuse to bomb a sovereign country. Does this ring a bell? Yes, you’re right – former president Bush used the same excuse to wage a war on Iraq, which ultimately destabilized the whole region and is the main reason we now have ISIS. This time of course if it comes to a full scale invasion of Syria, this will probably result in a much larger conflict, as there are Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah troops on the ground as well. To the simple request of John Lennon – give peace a chance, Donald Trump actions firmly reply – keep that hippy crap for yourself.