Trump's Iraq in Syria

President Trump is gearing up for a war with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and things are not looking good for those who advocate for a peaceful and diplomatic approach to conflicts. The Syrian Butcher must be stopped at all costs, even if it means straining relations further with Russia or Iran or losing more lives in yet another war. This view is not logical because we do not have all of the facts of what actually occurred in Douma, and a military strike (or multiple) would be the United States president acting out on emotions due to the large number of potential deaths from the alleged chemical attack. If only Trump cared about the civilians he continually slaughters throughout the Middle East with airstrikes, he might be able to take a less hypocritical position on Syria, however, the reasoning appears to be that because chemical weapons were used (allegedly), the people who died were somehow more important than those who have died through the utilization of American conventional weapons.

I guess in Washington, D.C. there is a hierarchy of which lives are more valuable based on the tools used when they are killed. When chemical weapons are used, it warrants action by the United States military to retaliate. When conventional weapons are used, no action is needed because it is just the way war works. When a gun is used to kill someone, it warrants new gun control measures. When a knife or a car is used to kill someone, no further regulations are necessary because cars and knives are arbitrarily classified as less dangerous than guns. Whether it is increased gun control measures, or in the case of Syria, the ousting of the Assad regime, it is always about the agenda. The agenda in Syria has always been to take out Assad, and ISIS was just an excuse to bring American troops there.

Regardless of whether or not we classify certain weapons as worse than others, what evidence do we even have that Assad was responsible for dropping chemical weapons on his own people? The only “evidence” is that an anti-government Syrian activist group (though they claim to be neutral), known as the Syrian Civil Defense or the White Helmets, said that it occurred. Yet, apparently that is enough to go to war over. Just like we knew that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks immediately after and would not even come to an agreement with the Taliban to bring al-Qaeda leaders to trial, and just like we knew that Saddam Hussein had the chemical weapons that we sold to him during the Cold War era when we invaded Iraq in 2003. President Trump is doomed to repeat the same mistakes as Presidents Bush and Obama did over the past several years. Irrationally jumping into wars without having all of the information, or just disregarding information to pursue an agenda, will only end up to the detriment of the American people and the citizens of other countries involved.

Next, we need to investigate the event that occurred in Douma. Yet, there is little interest in doing so by Western nations. The arrogance of “we know he did it, end of story” will not lead to a beneficial solution of the conflict. Russia and Syria have invited investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into Syria to examine the site to see what actually happened, but this will likely not be good enough for the United States government because culpability has already been assigned and the truth is feared. In addition, Russia and the United States opposed each other’s resolutions in the UN Security Council for an inquiry into the incident for political reasons, and this only displays the deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia.

The Syrian and Russian governments denied that there was even a chemical attack that took place, and Russia went even further by suggesting that its military confirmed that no such attack occurred and that people were not in hospitals being treated for exposure to chlorine or other agents. Both governments claimed that these allegations were false and used for propaganda purposes, and before you say, “of course they would say that,” consider this. What benefit would Assad have for killing his own people in this manner? There is no reason to suggest that he is an irrational player in international politics, and it would be clear to him that if he did such an act of aggression, the United States would become militarily involved in removing him from office or at least take retaliatory measures. He could just use conventional weapons and get away with murdering people if he chose to do so. Using chemical weapons is a sure way to get condemnation at the international level of politics. It would make no sense to do this, but if the rebels used chemical weapons to blame Assad, they would be the ones to benefit because it would give them the support of the United States in collapsing the Syrian government (or perhaps even the United States ran a false flag operation to get the American population on board for a war).

The worst part of all of this is that the United States will end up starting another war thousands of miles away in a conflict that is between the people and the government in Syria. Trump’s Iraq may have dire consequences for the United States and all of the other actors involved because one wrong move could ignite a chain of events that initiates World War III. Iran plans to retaliate against Israel for attacking a Syrian airbase. Russia plans to shoot down all American missiles bound for Syrian territory, and President Trump continues to taunt Russia and cannot keep his mouth shut about the superiority of American weapons and military might. All of these entangling alliances, complex proxy wars in the region, and extreme nationalism and arrogance appear eerily similar to what occurred on the eve of the Great War (or what was later called World War I). Do we really want to start a war with Russia over Syria? Hopefully level heads will prevail, but I would not count on it.

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Published on April 12, 2018 03:33
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