Earlier in 2018, there were several times that we were ready to call it. Ready to tell the world that the New Cold War was upon it. In fact, we had an article entitled “The 5 Undeniable Signs That We’re In A New Cold War.
Things have been steadily heating up over the last few years between the U.S. and their Russian counterparts, as the carving up of the middle east continues in a slash-and-hack fashion smack dab in between us. Russia’s ongoing involvement in the ridiculously brutal Syrian Civil War has raised a number of questions about the legitimacy of the Kremlin’s claims in the region, with American action taken back in the early days of the Trump administration garnering an inexplicably strong reaction from Russia.
From April of 2017:
Russia warned on Friday that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have “extremely serious” consequences, as President Donald Trump’s first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between Moscow and Washington.
The warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base, which the Pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack this week. (Graphic locator map on attack – tmsnrt.rs/2nm68H0)
It was Trump’s biggest foreign policy decision since taking office in January and the kind of direct intervention in Syria’s six-year-old civil war his predecessor Barack Obama avoided.
The strikes were in reaction to what Washington says was a poison gas attack by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denies it carried out the attack.
Now, almost exactly one year later, another chemical attack in the nation has the U.S. again being forced to remind the world that this sort of behavior is not okay. Trump has been adamant that this will not stand, and, for some reason, Vladimir Putin just can’t handle that. It’s almost as though the Russian President, (read: Dictator), is actually on the monstrous Bashar al-Assad’s side.
Well that’s because he probably is.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told the Security Council on Monday that Russia’s hands “are all covered in the blood of Syrian children” following Saturday’s poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, a suburb east of Damascus.
“The monster who was responsible for these attacks has no conscience,” Haley said at an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the most recent chemical attack in Syria, believed to be perpetrated by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
“We must not overlook Russia and Iran’s roles in enabling the Assad regime’s murderous destruction,” Haley added. “Russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted, but it stands with the Assad regime and supports without any hesitation.”
As the United States inches closer to a military maneuver in the embattled region, Putin has warned Trump that “any” missiles launched into Syria would be intercepted by Russian forces.
President Trump, in a stunning tweet, set the record straight on that idea.
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
I’m not sure whether I should be popping the popcorn or trying to find a helmet to wear for the next week.