The Story Behind The U.S. Air Strike on A Syrian Air Base

By The Prophet of Life

There’s a lot of talk about the U.S. air strike on a Syrian Government Air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed scores of civilians in a Syrian town right now.  Some people believe President Trump did the right thing. Others thought that what he did was meddling in international affairs. Syrian rebel groups cheered the move and hoped that this was the beginning of an escalation of U.S. intervention to topple the Assad Administration. Many of others are just confused.

 

President Trump would like to have good relations with Russia. The Russian response was inflammatory but measured as was, according to many world leaders, the U.S. bombing as a response to the use of Sarin. Sarin is a deadly nerve agent that attacks the central nervous system and is lethal a high percentage of the time. President Trump said that it’s use crossed the line and that it had to be responded to.

The attack was disguised as a bombing. When it first took place, reports of civilians dying with symptoms synonymous with toxic nerve agents were almost immediate. Syria was accused to using chemical weapons once again, just as they had several years ago. Russia came to Syria’s defense and claimed that they Syrian Air Force did not drop chemical weapons on the town but hit a cash of Sarin stored by rebel forces. They cited the fact that all of Syria’s chemical weapons were destroyed as a result of a deal struck by Russia and the Obama administration to destroy all of Syria’s chemical weapons the last time the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own civilians.

That deal, as you may recall, was made after then Secretary of State John Kerry answered a question posed by a reporter in London a week after the incident. Kerry was asked what Syria could do to avoid U.S. intervention and potential war against Syria. Kerry’s response was “They should get rid of every last chemical weapon in their arsenal”.  Within an hour Russia responded to Kerry’s outburst by stating that Syria was willing to do that.

At that point in time tensions between Russia and the U.S. were high and there was a strong possibility that the U.S. would escalate it’s military intervention in Syria. End of the world evangelists were filling the media and the internet with predictions of this being the beginning of World War 3 and the end of the world. With this as a backdrop, I sent messages to white house staffers suggesting that they get a message to Secretary Kerry to demand Syria get rid of all of their chemical weapons. Secretary Kerry made the statement a few days after my message was received.

President Trump expressed his feelings about the Obama not correctly handling the use of chemical weapons in Syria when they were in office. He didn’t want to make the same mistake. He also wants to preserve good relations with Russia. So, why did the U.S. launch the air strike?

I believe that the air strike was a calculated move to sow the world that the U.S, condemns the use of chemical weapons on civilians. I further believe that the U.S. has footage of the planes taking off from that air base, and dropping the chemical weapons on the town. I believe that President Trump had seen the video footage and told the Russian Government that he would respond but that he would not show the footage unless Russian reaction forced him to.

In this way, Russia saves face (they were the ones who claimed that the chemical weapons came from the ground and were stored by rebels and that Syria got rid of all of their chemical weapons). Russia, in response will issue some harsh toned rhetoric but take no further action. You might just see Bashir Al Assad quietly leaving office in the next six months, which could possibly be part of the deal that was struck this week. He would likely be replaced by a more moderate leader, loyal to and controllable by Russia, who will work towards negotiating a peace.

You could also see an increase in U.S. military intervention. It will all depend on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia and the ability of the world press to ferret through the rhetoric and read between the lines.

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A Letter to Mr. Trump from the Children

Editor’s Note: This letter by a teacher, which reflects the pain of his student’s in a constructive way is haunting and profound. I am including it here as a guest column. 

 

My students were upset by Mr. Trump’s victory in the Presidential Election. Students at my school actually walked out. I decided to create a lesson that would engage the students in my class that didn’t walk out, in a constructive way.

I told them to imagine that they suddenly had the power to write Mr. Trump a letter and, tomorrow morning, when he woke up, he would be the things that they put in their letter. I got some rather profound responses. What I have done below, is to recreate the opening paragraph of the letter and plugged in some of the most profound things students put in their letters.

 

Dear Mr. Trump,

Welcome to your new life. You have awakened today with some new attributes. These attributes will make you a more understanding and compassionate person. You have the toughest job in the world and we, the children of the United States of America want you to be able to gain insight from the point of view of many in this great nation who live on the margins of society.

You are poor, so you can understand what it’s like to be without a health care and sometimes, without food.  You are a minority, a part African American, part Hispanic and part Asian, female so that you can understand what it is like to be discriminated against and to have your life options limited. You live in a horrible neighborhood and your educational opportunities are limited, so chances are, high school is as far as you will go. Your ability to get a job and to advance within that job are limited as well. You are gay so that you can feel what it’s like to be ridiculed everywhere you go. You are Muslim so you can see what it’s like to be hated for worshipping the same God in a different way. You are an illegal immigrant so that you can know what it’s like to be worried about being discovered and deported back to the nation you left because your future and even your life was in danger there. You are a child, so no one listens to, or cares about, what you have to say.

Next year, you will be deported and you will be a Mexican National so that you can understand what it is like to live on the other side of the wall you are going to build.

 

Sincerely,

The Children

 

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