EDITORIAL

The U.S. U.K. And France In One Night Stand Against Syria

The introduction of advanced technology appears to have made card playing obsolete in homes today, but in the days of old, it was a popular form of entertainment for kids and adults alike. Integral to the card deck is the Joker, an extra playing card which does not belong among the standard four suits (clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades).

The Joker is used for different purposes and is often omitted entirely from many card games. It is viewed not only as a wild card by some players, but also “impure,” silly, or amateurish because of its function. Now, what has happened in Syria over the past few days have made the U.S. U.K., and France looked like jokers.

The fact of the matter is nothing has changed. The Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad showed up for work hours after the missile pounding of his country with jubilant supporters dancing in the street as if nothing has happened and all seems to be business as usual.

So, with all the braggadocios talk by Trump and his allies, Syria under the protection of Russia and Iran has once again proved to be missile resistant.

The bombardment of the country by coordinating with the Russian is tantamount to sleeping with the enemy. So, after the one-night stand against Syria, the government remains intact, killing continues albeit, not in the form of poisonous gases, and humanitarian suffering remains unabated.

The truth is the U.S., and its allies are engaged in nothing but posturing rather than seeking to bring about a solution to the seven-year-old civil war in Syria.

As shown below, the utterances of these leaders are noisome, and empty rhetoric at best.

“To Iran and to Russia I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?” said President Trump. He added further, “The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators.”

The Syrian people must be asking, what have you done for us lately, Mr. President?

The question is indeed apt, given the Trump’s administration take on refugees, immigrants, and Muslims.

Kowtowing with the U.S. is Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain. She uttered the following, “This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped — not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons, but also because we cannot allow the erosion of the international norm that prevents the use of these weapons.”

Additionally, she said, “This is not about intervening in a civil war, “It is not about regime change. It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties.”

Really, Madam Prime Minister, so only poisonous gases kill people in Syria? The hypocrisy of it all, more people in Syria have died from bomb blasts and gunshots than any other means.

At the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron also chimed in with the following, “The facts and the responsibility of the Syrian regime are not in any doubt. The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed.”

He said further, “I have thus ordered the French forces to intervene tonight, as part of an international operation with the United States of America and the United Kingdom, directed against the hidden chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime. Our response has been limited to hitting the capacities of the Syrian regime that permit the production and use of chemical weapons.”

No end game, Mr. President, an act of hit and run, only?

The truth is despite widespread opposition to Assad’s rule, he continues to maintain significant levels of support within Syria, and with Russia and Iran’s continued support of his regime, the U.S. and its allies will not do a damn thing but ejaculate a few missiles in one-night stands!

Yvad Billings Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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