U.S. Launches precision strikes on Syria with France and U.K. In retaliation of an alleged chemical attack, Trump says. President Trump announced the move Friday after he repeatedly promised to retaliate for an alleged chemical weapons attack launched by Syrian leaders on civilians in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. The Syrian government and Russia, a close ally of the Syrian President Bashar Assad, have denied last week’s chemical attack occurred. Ref. USAToday.
Oh oh, what is Russia going to do about that because Putin did promise retaliation if they attacked Syria.
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Trump's strike on Syria has fire and fury — but not the element of surprise. President Trump's order to strike Syria Friday night was as predictable as his Saturday morning tweet storms. As France and the United Kingdom signed on to a coalition, and Trump huddled repeatedly with his generals, it appeared increasingly clear that a military response was a matter of when and not if. Ref. USAToday.
How On Earth Would Killing MORE People Rescue Syria? By Peter Hitchens. Any fool can kill a man in a second and ruin a city in a week. But it takes long years of nurture to raise a child to adulthood, and centuries to build a civilisation. Source 3o.
Robert Fisk Reports Head of Douma Clinic Denies Chemical Weapons Attack by Craig Murry. Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia - not gas poisoning." Source 9y.
So much fake news everywhere you can't tell what is the truth and what is not and most of all the White House does nothing to make what they say any more credible than the fake news so in the end we are left guessing. I smell something similar to Iraq's WMD in this latest strike.
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That is the hard part of today's news - where the fiction and fact actually start. There are so many bias 'reporters' and fake news sources that being able to tell the truth from the lies has become almost a guessing game. There are no more truly independent reporters on the ground in these areas, just propagandists that have their own agendas both pro and con. Until we can get truly un-retouched information from the reality, we can't be certain what we are told is valid. With all our technology, you'd think that this wouldn't be as hard as it is, but too many governments would rather keep the world in the dark.
The simple fact is that Assad has been using massive force against civilians, murdering hundreds of thousands indiscriminately, just to kill the few hundred who fight his forces. He orders air strikes and barrel bombing (And possibly chemical weapon attacks) against known civilian centers - not military targets. He is using a flamethrower against a spider, and burning down people's houses. He does need to be curtailed.