To Dance w/ the Devil: Did Trump’s Hands Off Policy Toward Bashar al-Assad’s Tyrannical Rule Cause Recent Gas Attack In Syria?

Today, the Syrian people suffered another horrific chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-controlled area of the country which sadly took the lives dozens of men, women and children. Of course, al-Assad and his regime denied they were responsible for the attack but rebels are convinced the dictator, who is renowned for such attacks, is indeed the responsible party.

Rest assured the world is definitely watching on this one. It’s well-known that Russian Dictator Vladimir Putin and Syria’s Dictator Bashar al-Assad are “chummy”, to say the very least. Putin has sent military resources to Syria to support al-Assad maintaining his iron and bloody grip on the war torn country.

And of course, as the benchmark for societal freedom, America’s role is vital and pivotal in this scenario and some have suggested that the Trump administration’s somewhat hands-off policy toward the unrest in Syria in general as well as Bashar al-Assad in particular emboldened today’s chemical attack.

As recently as yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said that the “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.” And US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was even more blunt on the matter: “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out,”

Must have been absolute music to al-Assad’s genocidal ears. So couple the recent language from Trump Administration key officials with language from Trump himself that started with the 2016 election and have continued throughout his nascent presidency. Trump has even stated he would be willing to “team up” with he likes of Putin and al-Assad to defeat Isis. This is a clear change in foreign policy doctrine and direction from each and every one of his predecessors. Reagan would have never even thought to build any sort of alliance, let alone a militaristic one, with the likes of Russia who just so happens to be our greatest political, social and idealistic rival and who just also happens to be dedicated to the eradication of America’s way of life.

Brass tacks: from a solely human perspective, this is an abomination. That we, as America, the shining light on the hill, as Reagan once called this great country, would turn a blind eye to the senseless and wanton slaughter of thousands of innocent individuals is a shame. Period. al-Assad is murdering these people solely so he can stay in power. As Republican Senator, and fierce Trump Administration critic, John McCain stated, the world hasn’t seen this level of carnage since Hitler’s Nazi Germany or the travesty that was Pol Pot’s Cambodia.

And former President Barack Obama’s hands aren’t clean in this matter, He drew a so-called “red line” against al-Assad committed atrocities in Syria but when the dictator crossed the line, Obama did nothing.

Even so, the fact that the Trump administration is being so open about its willingness to turn a blind eye to whats happening to our fellow citizens in Syria is just ignoble, cowardly and dastardly to the highest degree. People are being murdered by a brutal, maniacal and power hungry dictator. When exactly did America stop caring about justice, freedom and liberty for all?

More as this story develops.

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