Yesterday, President Trump ordered US warships in the Mediterranean to fire nearly sixty cruise missiles into Syria. The target was a Syrian military airfield where a deadly sarin gas attack was reportedly launched from.
The mission was to destroy the runway, planes, and fuel at the base. The White House called it a measured response.
President Trump, in a statement following the attack, said “Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be so dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed very dramatically,” Trump explained.
“As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies. Tonight, I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end this slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also, to end terrorism of all kinds and all types. We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed. And we hope, that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail,”
However, it would seem at least one foreign nation isn’t too happy about the United States’ actions in Syria. Russia, who reportedly had troops in the area of the strike, condemned Trump’s actions in a formal statement, published their Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter account:
— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) April 7, 2017
Their statement read, in part:
“The United States conducted strikes against Syrian government troops in the early hours of April 7, using chemical weapons attacks in Idlib Province as a pretext.”
“The US opted for a show of force, for military action against a country fighting international terrorism without taking the trouble to get the facts straight.”
“It is not the first time that the US chooses an irresponsible approach that aggravates problems the world is facing, and threatens international security. The very presence of military personnel from the US and other countries in Syria without consent from the Syrian government or a UN Security Council mandate is an egregious and obvious violation of international law that cannot be justified. While previous initiatives of this kind were presented as efforts to combat terrorism, now they are clearly an act of aggression against a sovereign Syria. Actions undertaken by the US today inflict further damage to the Russia-US relations.”
Russia then accused the US of using the attack to distract from the current battle and controversies in Mosul. Russia also said the US strike was planned well before the current chemical weapons incident:
“There is no doubt that the military action by the US is an attempt to divert attention from the situation in Mosul, where the campaign carried out among others by US-led coalition has resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties and an escalating humanitarian disaster.”
“It is obvious that the cruise missile attack was prepared in advance. Any expert understands that Washington’s decision on air strikes predates the Idlib events, which simply served as a pretext for a show of force.”