Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Yuri Gripas/Reuters, Alaa Alyousef via AP
Well if a picture can tell us this one above does a good job. I have never seen Trump look so human, seems like he is telling the truth when he tells us how badly he was affected about the gruesome chemical attack in Syria. Though he used missiles to do it and people died, in one swoop, Trump has changed the geopolitical realities of the world.
Each one of us is going to have a different opinion about Trumps actions. One of the big difficulties about issues that involve missiles and war is whose side you are on. There is always a side. Some of Trump’s biggest critics-Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ)-came out in favor of the airstrikes. In a joint statement, they said, “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.” Of course, these are people who love war—no matter what they say.
Donald Trump’s cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base has prompted criticism from a series of his high-profile libertarian supporters at home and abroad. International figures including far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and long-term Trump ally Nigel Farage broke ranks to condemn an attack Le Pen called "horrible." Russians, who had supported Trump over Clinton were surprised and, “Now everybody’s just awaiting what will be next.”
There is a lot of political maneuvering that is presently occurring in Washington, D.C., as well as around the world with Trump now more securely on stage to drive international events. He is showing himself to be a strong decisive leader though he had to kill some people to prove it. He is disarming a large part of the opposition as he announces to the world, with missiles, that he and America should not be taken lightly, and he did that just before sitting down to dinner with China’s leader, Xi Jinping.
It is hard to examine what Trump and his inner circle, and the Pentagon are really doing but if they are not preparing for a war they are nuts—for war is coming, as it always does. We already have a micro WWIII going on in Syria and war is hot in many other places. The elite always want war; it is where we end up through their policies that serve only themselves.
Glen Greenwald said, “In every type of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.”
Wishing We Were Living in a Different World
Some of us are for peace and love. Unfortunately, that is not happening except in the conceptual world of people’s minds. It is nice wishful thinking but little more because most people have no idea what will really bring peace and love to the world. One of the main reasons we have wars, especially religious wars, is that people cannot tell the difference between what they think, read and hear on television and reality.
We cannot even resolve conflicts in our families and between husbands and wives, what do we expect to happen between nations. We have war because as a race we do not want to bother learning how to listen to each other. Certainly, no one is interested in Creative Conflict, a process that demands real listening as a first step. Therefore, war and missiles are going to continue until we destroy ourselves, which we are now very capable of doing.
Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria seems to have been designed impart to intimidate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as one Chinese newspaper has claimed. There should be no doubt that Trump is not surrounded by idiots and that they are well aware of the movements in the world and what everything is building up to. His generals are no one’s fools.
If you are an American that believes in America, you have to get behind Trump and want him to be a strong leader. America will only benefit from strong leadership. The rest of the world loses of course as they always do to American interests.
Did Assad really do it and does it Matter?
We have to believe the Americans that they did see on radar where the attack came from. If it was sourced, as they are saying, from the Syrian air base then we have to conclude it was a justified reaction. My first reaction was belief that Assad would not be that insane and that it was probably a false flag operation. Dr. Ron Paul felt the same.
“Why would Assad choose this moment — only days after the US granted him a pass on remaining in power — to do the one thing guaranteed to bring the wrath of the US down him, namely, kill a lot of civilians, including women and children, with poison gas? Either Assad is inconceivably stupid or possibly the gas attack is not exactly what happened,” wrote James Howard Kunstler.
Glen Greenwald said about this, “But U.S. war fever waits for nothing. Once the tidal wave of American war frenzy is unleashed, questioning the casus belli is impermissible. Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain (the same way that asking for evidence of claims against Russia instantly converts one into a “Kremlin agent” or “stooge”).
Paul Craig Roberts said, “The most murderous regime on Earth is Washington, D.C. There is not one ounce of integrity, justice, morality, or respect for truth anywhere in the Western world. Western Civilization is a complete write-off. It has been replaced by total evil. Nothing but evil can be found in the West.”
As if potential wars against China and North Korea are not enough, the US is kicking sand into Russia’s face and beating the war drums over eastern Ukraine and Crimea, two regions utterly unknown to Americans. There seems collective amnesia that Russia has thousands of nuclear-armed missiles, many pointed at the US. Anti-Russian hysteria in the US has assumed epidemic proportions and makes the US look silly. The US is also broadening its little wars in Yemen and Somalia in an effort to dominate the Red Sea.
Assad, Syria, and the whole situation there historically as well as the present defies description. Assad, who was never famous for being nice, is still not nice though he is still holding Syria together as a country. Nobody really had the right to go into Syria but now everyone is there and it seems no one there is nice.
“In the news Friday, Israel is bragging that they intercepted and downed a Syrian SAM that was sent up after one of its planes. Israel says they’re in Syria to hit Hezbollah’s version of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Okay, now we’ve got Israel running its own airstrikes in there, Turkey also from time to time, Russia we know, the United States we know, and Iran when they find spare parts for their F-4 Phantoms. Plus the Syrian air force, of course. Hmmm…several nations involved in one war. Sounds like a micro world war to me,” writes Jack Perry.
We are now being told that defeating the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remains the United States’ primary goal in Syria, not toppling the country’s dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to high-ranking officials in President Donald Trump’s administration. If things can get worse in Syria they will especially if their president is butchered like Libya’s was.
We have a 21st Century human nightmare in Syria. However, it is not only there that life has become hell. In Europe, they are asking what is going to come first, a financial and economic collapse or war. My guess is that they will be simultaneous events.
Perhaps the real point is that someone had the gas and someone used it or an air attack purposely or accidentally blew the stuff up. We are not in a court of law. No one is really expecting solid evidence for their rarely is around these kinds of things.
They pinned the last gas attack on Assad but never proved it. It is not only missiles that we need to be concerned about. Have you heard a word about the American military using depleted Uranium in Syria? They practically bragged about it in the mainstream press.
But hey, this is hell so what should we expect. Good thing heaven does exist, even down here in hell. In a world going mad perhaps we have the right man in the Whitehouse perhaps not but it is history that will judge. He is the man destiny and the voters put in charge of the most powerful country in the world. He is the new focal point, the lightening rod and he seems comfortable with the role. The problems we face in the world today have been building to the exploding point for years and now we will see what we will pay for all our mistakes.