Last week’s U.S. missile strike against a Syrian air base just might be a prelude to war.
The civil war in Syria has been raging for six years. Countless lives have been lost as the Syrian government struggles with rebels to maintain control over their country.
Worse yet are the millions of Syrian refugees who fled their country into Europe, throwing an entire continent into chaos.
The conflict in Syria has attracted a variety of different forces to the land, forces that wish to use the war as a cover to take over the nation. Perhaps strangest of all is the involvement of Russia, whose interests in the country have never been quite clear.
For years we’ve seen Russia aid the Syrian president Assad, who acts more like a dictator than leader. He has regularly been accused of attacking his own people with chemical weapons–actions that have been banned by the international community.
Despite claims that he has destroyed his chemical weapons, mysteriously, Assad continues to have access to some. How can that be?
Is it perhaps because his buddies in Russia are supplying them?
Russia has been outspoken against Trump’s efforts to cripple Syria’s chemical weapons cache, causing more and more people to suspect Russia was involved in the chemical strike against civilians. Now the U.S. is openly declaring it so.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has concluded that Russia knew ahead of time that Syria would launch a chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official says.
The official offered circumstantial elements to back up his claim, but no concrete proof. And others in the Trump administration cautioned that final American determination had been made that Russia had advance knowledge of the attack, which killed more than 80 people and prompted retaliatory U.S. cruise missile strikes.
The senior official said Monday that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.
The presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, the senior U.S. official said, arguing that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.
So a Russia drone was hovering over the hospital, just before it was destroyed. That is too much of coincidence for anyone.
It’s clear that Assad has been targeting his own people for years. Not to drive our rebels or terrorists, but to simply oppress innocent civilians. The use of chemical weapons is especially horrible. He was not trying to destroy buildings or weapons caches. He only wanted to kill as many people as possible, in the most painful way.
This latest attack raises many questions about who was involved. Civilians were targeted by sarin gas. Then when they are taken to a hospital for treatment, the hospital is destroyed. Clearly this was an attempt to further kill and cover up the sources of the attack.
Considering how closely Russia has been working with Assad and the Syrian government, it is unlikely that they were in the dark about the chemical attack. The appearance of one of their drones over the hospital just might be the smoking gun, proving their involvement.
If that is the case, then the U.S.’s involvement in Syria will become even more complicated, as we won’t only have to contend with the dictator Assad, but with his buddies in Russia.
Could that spill over into a larger confrontation with Russia? Only time will tell.