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.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, Lady Liberty’s voice rang loud and clear.
I must admit, I enjoy mocking our “president” but the fact remains that no matter how many clapbacks to his Twitter rants, he still is a very dangerous man sitting in the highest office of the most powerful county on this planet (universe for those who believe there is no life on other planets).
While humor is always helpful in stressful situations; action to remove said stress is extremely important. For those who believe that Trump’s policies are dangerous to individual freedoms, individual and collective prosperity as well as harm our environment and destroy our public education system; you have choices to make.
You can choose to be non-political and continue to be a recipient of whatever the American political systems spits out.
You can choose to get politically active in your communities. Being independent is great, but if you want to make change you will need to pick a side – Democrat or Republican. The reality is we live in a two party system. The two parties control pretty much ever election system in this country (federal, state, and local) so if you want to change the system that allowed a “Trump” (or chump) to rise to power then you will need to work from within the established system.
The time to act is now. Local political parties are starving for your skills, abilities and leadership. Elected officials need to hear your voice. And YOUR community needs to stand up and take control of its political destiny.
Jokes are fun but once we finish laughing there is much work to do.