Thursday evening at 7:40 p.m. CST (3:40 a.m. local time) President Trump ordered an attack on the Syrian government in a response to the chemical weapons attack that killed Syrian civilians that took place earlier this week.
This is a complete reversal of US foreign police towards Syria and the first direct US military attack on the Syrian government headed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the six-year civil war.
Shayrat Airfield, reported to be the staging ground for the chemical attack, was the target of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from US Warships.
Now the questions we ask is – What’s next? Is this extreme sabre rattling by Trump, whom many in the world community see as a wildcard? Is this the start of Trump plan to forcefully remove Bashar al-Assad from power much like Bush did in Iraq with Saddam Hussein?
Quick Facts on the Syrian Civil War:
- 400,000 have been killed
- 4.81 million have fled the country
- 6.3 million displaced internally
Regime change is an expensive proposition that rarely provides the expected results (refer to Iraq). The US cannot resolve this conflict in Syria by just lobbing a few cruise missiles at the problem. This issue can only be resolved thru a committment to diplomacy by the world body.
War should always be a last resort.