In a move that is going to confirm President Trump´s reputation as no nonsense world leader, the US military launched 59 tomahawk cruise missiles some moments ago on the al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs, in what is obviously a rapid response to the chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians which Trump blames solely on the Bashar al-Assad regime.
Early reports are that at least four poor have been killed in the missile attack and many more have been injured, and Trump has used some very strong words to explain his decision to authorize the attack.
Calling it a ‘horrible chemical weapons attack’ and describing how ‘even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,’ he went on to describe how ‘it was a slow and brutal death for so many.’ There is no doubt that anyone who did see the footage of the aftermath of that chemical attack would agree with those words, whether they are a Trump supporter or not.
The timing of his authorization and the missile launch in political terms was interesting however, for he is currently hosting the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng who are staying at his Mar-a-Lago estate as part of a two day summit.
Whether or not he did discuss Syria which Xi Jinping does of course remain to be seen, however the timing would have been carefully throughout out and one would imagine it was one of many topics Trump did discuss with the Chinese President.
Trump then went on public record as saying that the chemical attack was an ‘egregious crime’, and also said ‘it shouldn’t have happened and that it ‘shouldn’t be allowed to happen’, and many people the world over are agreeing with those statements.
It wasn´t long after the cruise missile attack that the Pentagon released as statement that said the airfield hit was being used to store chemical weapons and that is was also a base for Syrian air forces and aircraft, the very same aircraft they state that were used to launch the chemical weapons attack.
It was the US Navy that launch the attack from the USS Ross which is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the Pentagon then went on to release footage of the missiles hitting their targets.
Anyone worried whether this is going to mark the start of a long drawn out war with Syria may take some relief in another Pentagon statement in which an official stated that that the president ‘is dead-set against letting Assad labor under the illusion that the Syrian army can murder innocent people with impunity.’
This is, he went on to say is the US laying down a marker, and they demand that no more chemical weapons attacks are to be used by Syria, period. However, if they do continue to use chemical weapons then there will be consequences.
This, he also said, is our president showing his American conscience, and if anyone provokes him they will regret it. Whether this immediate and large scale cruise missile attack will force the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to change his ways does of cruse remain to be seen, but he can be in no doubt that the US will not stand by and see innocent people being killed in this way.