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America’s Reckless Syria Policy

Trump’s military action in Syria will further the fortunes of the Salafi jihadist forces.

Imperialism’s moral cloak has always been “humanitarianism.” So even a United States (US) President who has been openly espousing militarism, racism and jingoism was able to garner bipartisan consensus when he fell back upon the time-tested tactic of drawing US imperialism’s moral red line. Never mind the use of Agent Orange by the US military as part of Operation Ranch Hand during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. All the US presidential administration had to do is establish almost instantly—without waiting for the United Nations Security Council and an impartial investigation—that the Syrian government had engaged in a chemical weapons attack, and then, with “the verdict” broadcast widely by corporate media, carry out “the sentence” as soon as possible.

On 4 April, in the ongoing six-year-old civil war in Syria, there was a chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province. Almost immediately the White House condemned the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad for the attack. The mass media and practically the entire political establishment denounced the Syrian government as the culprit. The next day, US President Donald Trump expressed horror at the images of “innocent children, innocent babies” choked to death by the poisonous gas and declared that an unacceptable line has been crossed. He convened a meeting of the National Security Council to consider the possible military options, and the following day two US warships in the Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian air base at Shayrat, close to the city of Homs.

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Updated On : 28th Aug, 2017

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