The United States, along with Britain and France, have bombed Syria in response to a recent chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria. A poison gas attack was reportedly carried out by Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, that killed up to 75 people on April 7 in Douma.
US President Donald Trump addressed this chemical attacks on innocent children as ‘evil and despicable.’ He said:
“This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by the very terrible regime. The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster, instead.”
In retaliation, the combined forces of US, UK, and France attacked Syria’s chemical program with around 100 missiles. The strikes were planned via cruise-missile-equipped ships and warplanes.
This is the second time that the US has attacked Syria during their seven-year-long conflict. Though the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has described this air assault as ‘limited and targeted’, we can certainly not run away from the fact that this attack can be the trigger point of the third world war.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the ‘red line’ set by France in May of 2017 ‘had been crossed’.
Trump also warned Russia and Iran about their association with Assad, saying they’ll ‘be judged by the friends they keep. He tweeted:
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
The strikes are over as for now, but this assault seems like a clear warning that if the Assad regime resorts to chemical weapons again then further targeted strikes will follow.
Before, too, Assad has launched a savage chemical weapons attack against his own innocent people. The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20 percent of the Syrian Air Force.