US Missile Strikes– Last night the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into a Syrian military air base in Al-Shayrat, Syria.
In response to the brutal death of Syrians from chemical attack, US president Trump on Thursday ordered a launch of missile strikes to a targeted Syrian military airfield where the chemical weapons were allegedly launched.
Without the authorization of the US congress, Trump’s orders were executed.
Recall that during the emergency UN security council that held on Wednesday, US representative, Nikky Haley clearly implied that if UN takes up the usual passivity over the case, the United States may have to do what they have to do to make things right in Syria.
When Trump registered his dismay over the Syrian chemical attack, he likewise implied that he has a responsibility to Syria.
Many reactions have followed the demonstrative strike from the United States. But one thing that is for sure is that this serves as a warning to Syrian President Assad who has been accused of gross humanity crimes against his own people.
Some US government officials call the move by a trump an irrational one which should not have been executed without the endorsement of the congress.
In the same way many applaud the President for daring to do what even the UN has been “turning a blind eye to” for long enough.
The launch of 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the United States was to ensure that the use of chemical weapons is deterred.
Donald Trump considers the missile strike as a vital necessity for the interest of national security. He also sees it as his responsibility to keep with his promise that the US will not tolerate terrorism of any kind in any part of the world as well as the use of chemical weapons.
“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield 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.”
“Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”
The United Kingdom supports the launch of the US missile strikes on Syrian airfield. Senator McCain who usually does not agree with Trump on certain matters released a joint statement with Senator Lindsey Graham to commend the move.
“We salute the skill and professionalism of the US armed forces who carried out tonight’s strikes in Syria”
“… the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin’s Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs.”
Analysts consider the US missile strike as the first direct attack from the US against President Bashar al-Assad.
By extension the US has dared Russia and Iran who are strong allies of the Syrian government.
As usual Russia backs the Syrian government and has condemned the missile strike. They maintain that Syria has no longer has chemical weapons. They have called Trump’s move an act of aggression and a breach of international laws.
According to the Syrian army 6 people were killed while Syrian air defenses, aircraft, hangars and fuel points were damaged.