In the video of above, President Donald Trump, his voice seemingly filled with the immense weight of responsibility of the office he holds, announced to America and the world his unilateral military action against chemical storage facilities in Syria that have been used on the people of Syria by dictator Bashar al-Assad to maintain his iron and bloody grip on the country.
Some 59 Tomahawk missiles, satellite-guided and thusly extremely precise instruments of war, were launched from U.S. Naval ships at targets revealed by intelligence to house the chemical weapons al-Assad used in Tuesday’s brutal and deadly attack meant to suppress those that oppose him.
Reaction from both sides of the aisle has been positive and supportive of the retaliatory action and we agree: America exists to level the international playing field, to insure that bullies like al-Assad are brought to heal when they go to far in the pursuit of their totalitarian aspirations. Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia were quick to offer their praise and support of the action. Read below the reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
In both word and action, President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.”
-Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
In sharp contrast, the reaction from al-Assad ally and fellow strongman Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin was to condemn Trump’s actions as an “act of aggression” inferring that the US had violated international law.
We dismiss that notion as utter nonsense on its face. An act of aggression is Mr. Putin essentially stealing the nation of Crimea, an act of aggression is being aligned with a savage like al-Assad in the first place. So we applaud the president’s actions in this regard. It sent a message without embroiling us in the protracted task of actually ousting al-Assad. It’s burnished how Trump and the U.S. sees the world to the comfort of our allies and to the terror of our foes. And politically speaking, the strike was perfectly timed given that this weekend Trump is slated to meet with Chinese Premier Xi. Undoubtedly the Chinese leader will have the strikes in mind as Trump speaks with him about reigning in North Korea.
But far beyond the political points, President Trump showed the world that, as a person, he has the capacity to be sympathetic to the plight of those less fortunate, that even at risking the ire of someone like Putin, he can and will do the right thing when the moment calls for it. And that’s what matters. And yes, there is still the very serious question of how Trump will now handle the Syrian refugee crisis, given how clear to him now the atrocities the people there suffer. That definitely will be discussed on another post. On this post, however, Trump is to be commended for his assertive and unflinching act of militaristic indignation toward a vile tyrant. This is America, if we can’t stand in the gap for the cause of human life, then why else are we here?
More as this story develops.
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