The globe has stood in anticipation of a U.S. military strike in Syria for several days after President Trump taunted Russian military forces in the region via Twitter.
As evidence began to mount of yet another chemical weapons attack in Syria, reportedly carried out against civilians by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, the United States had little choice but to act. Having set the precedent of punishment following just such an attack in 2017, President Trump would not be made to look weak. Not to mention that fact that First Daughter Ivanka Trump is likely pleading her case as well, having been one of the President’s impetuses in that previous airstrike.
Today’s action comes after a prolonged war of words between Trump and the Russian government over their support for the murderous and monstrous Assad.
“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump said in remarks from the White House, adding that the U.S. and its allies had “marshaled their righteous power.”
Trump urged Iran and Russia to withdraw their support for what he called Syria’s “barbarism and brutality.”
In a direct address to the two countries, he asked, “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men and women and children?”
Well, apparently Russia does, with the Kremlin releasing a few incendiary statements of their own.
Russian lawmakers earlier warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime, saying it could trigger a direct military clash between the two former Cold War adversaries. Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted — a stark warning of a potential major confrontation in Syria.
Now the world waits again to see how newly re-re-re-re-electd President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will react to the strikes.
Concerns are abound that a direct retaliatory rhetoric between these two superpowers could result in the outbreak of the oft-prophesized World War III.