Last night, President Trump ordered 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to be launched at the Al Shayrat Airfield in Syria. We don’t know how many people died, and we don’t know if the individuals killed by this airstrike were all native Syrians. It was an important air base, and Russia is one of their closest allies, so it’s anybody’s guess. There’s so much we just don’t know on the fall-out on this one.
Here’s what we do know: our president attacked a nation that had not attacked us first. Such a maneuver is an act of war. President Cheeto claims it was a result of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in the attacks on Tuesday that killed 85 people (23 of them children). It was a horrific event (I am not downplaying that at all), but this is not the first time Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons. Nor is it the first time he’s attacked his own people. The people of that poor country have been suffering through a civil war that’s lasted six years and claimed at least 400,000 lives. If President Trump cared so fucking much about the children of Syria, why did he attempt twice to prevent Syrian refugees from entering our country? If he cared so much for all the suffering at the hands of al-Assad, why didn’t Trump want to help those families who wished to escape to a better life?
Apparently, bombing stuff is just easier.
In the short term, anyway. Because Trump just gave both Syria and Russia reason to enter into a war with us. And we know at least one of these countries packs for chemical warfare.
There’s a reason why diplomacy is so important. There’s a reason why Trump shouldn’t have fired the entire state department. We need policies set by the United Nations for a reason. I agree that following diplomatic channels suck when witnessing so much suffering, but one country cannot simply invade another country to fix all their problems for them. That’s how Empires founded on colonization start. And we’ve all seen the devastation and dehumanization that results from that.
President Trump’s staff is so damn cocky that they know better that U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the following: “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.”
Talk about a fuck you to the United Nations. It’s probably time to start building bomb shelters now.