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Opinion The strikes on Syria had to be done

17:46  14 april  2018
17:46  14 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Airlines warned about 'possible' military action against Syria

  Airlines warned about 'possible' military action against Syria A European air traffic control agency alerted airlines Tuesday to monitor the situation in the eastern Mediterranean amid possible military action by Western countries against the Syrian government in the next 72 hours. Eurocontrol, a key pan-European international aviation organization, said airlines should be prepared for any possible disruption of radio navigation equipment in the event of possible air strikes against Syria, Reuters reported.

Syria has suffered with a civil war for seven years. Last night was a surgical strike on Syrian chemical capabilities, not the deployment of 160,000 troops effecting a regime change.

But Syria did not use its chemical weapons against the United States or an ally like Iraq. Could the strike be justified as a humanitarian intervention? Some human rights advocates have argued that customary international law, which develops from the practices of states

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The United States is not - and should never be - "the world's policeman." There are many, many places in the world where humans are suffering on a mass scale, yet we are not involved militarily in alleviating that suffering. Nevertheless, there existed a moral and national security imperative for us to act decisively and with force in Syria last night after the chlorine attack in Douma last week.

Syria has suffered with a civil war for seven years. More than 350,000 people have been killed, with an overwhelming number of civilians among them. During that time, Bashar Assad has demonstrated himself to be even more of a mass-murdering dictator than his father, which is incredible, since it is estimated that the elder Assad killed 20,000 Syrians in just one incident in the city of Hama in 1982.

Kaine rips Syria strikes: What's stopping Trump from bombing Iran, North Korea next?

  Kaine rips Syria strikes: What's stopping Trump from bombing Iran, North Korea next? Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tore into President Trump's authorization of military strikes in Syria, calling them "illegal" and "reckless" and questioning what's to stop him from bombing Iran and North Korea."President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress's approval is illegal and - absent a broader strategy - it's reckless," Kaine said in a statement Friday night. "Today, it's a strike on Syria"President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress's approval is illegal and - absent a broader strategy - it's reckless," Kaine said in a statement Friday night.

WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials said on Saturday that American-led strikes against Syria had taken out the “heart” of President Bashar al-Assad’s But the strikes were limited, with an eye toward making sure they did not draw retaliation from Russia and Iran and set off a wider conflict.

Speaking in Downing Street, Mrs May said the "limited and targeted strikes " had degraded Syria 's ability to use chemical weapons. "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."

At the same time, the Damascus regime is not a threat, in and of itself, but is an appendage, a satrapy of the theocratic menace that is the fundamentalist regime of the mullahs of Iran - an advanced bridgehead for the Iranian Republican Guard to extend its deadly, destabilizing reach deeper into the region and closer to Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East.

One year ago, Assad used chemical weapons against innocent women and children. Last week, it happened again in a way that, last night, Defense Secretary James Mattis confirmed, was directly linked back to his regime and his forces. Assad did it. Such a blatant attitude to the unfettered use of internationally banned tools of war set a deadly precedent. If we had not responded, Assad would have concluded that he could do so again.

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  Over 100 missiles fired at Syria, 'significant number' intercepted: Moscow The US and its allies fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Syria, a significant number of which were intercepted by Syrian air defences, the Russian defence ministry said Saturday."More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets," the ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency, adding that "a significant number" were shot down by Syrian air defences.

In ordering strikes on Syria , President Donald Trump called out both Iran and Russia for their support of Bashar Assad's government. "Fundamentally the U.S. is going to have to prove does it have a goal in Syria ," and that it has an endgame in mind, Taleblu added.

Speaking in Downing Street, Mrs May said the "limited and targeted strikes " had degraded Syria 's ability to use chemical weapons. "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."

More importantly, his sponsors, Iran and Russia, would have concluded the same, as would others, including North Korea and perhaps even China. Perhaps most disturbing of all, one or another of the multiple non-state actors present in Syria - including the Islamic State, or ISIS - could have acquired such weapons for use against America or her allies.

Subsequently, the president had to act since, as a former special forces officer noted to me this morning after our strike, "Deterrence doesn't work if no one is deterred." Indeed. Red lines actually embolden bad actors if one declares them, as President Obama did, and then they are crossed repeatedly but we do nothing.

To those who voted for the iconoclastic outsider, Donald Trump, and are concerned about this commander-in-chief becoming embroiled in a scenario such as President Bush's invasion of Iraq, I have the following to say: Donald Trump is not a neoconservative and never will be.

Netanyahu praises US strikes in Syria, warns about Iran

  Netanyahu praises US strikes in Syria, warns about Iran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled praise for U.S.-led strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday with a warning that Iran's presence there further endangers Syria. U.S., British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes overnight in response to an alleged poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week. U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad’s government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought on Thursday to slow down an imminent strike on Syria , reflecting mounting concerns at the Pentagon that a concerted “But you know, as I said this morning, we’ve done a great job with ISIS,” Mr. Trump added. “We have just absolutely decimated ISIS.

'A strong deterrent': Trump announces strikes on Syria – video. There is no graver decision for a prime minister than to commit our forces to combat – and this is the first time that I have had to do so.

From the first moment we met in the summer of 2015, he made it clear to me that using our forces to invade and occupy other countries is fundamentally un-American, born as our nation was in a wholesale rejection of imperialism and colonialism.

Last night was a surgical strike on Syrian chemical capabilities, not the deployment of 160,000 troops effecting a regime change. Assad remains in power, and he may do so for some time. But his capacity to use chemical weapons has been significantly degraded as (we can suspect) has been his desire to use them ever again.

To those who doubt that Assad was the perpetrator of the mass murder in Douma, especially those who help propagate Russia and Syrian disinformation with their conspiracy theories, I have this to share: We have the greatest intelligence capabilities in the world and, while I cannot go into details, I was in the White House when chemical weapons were used in Syria a year ago and then, too, we had the requisite evidence that it was the Syrian government that executed that attack as well, just as Secretary Mattis confirmed yesterday.

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On 14 April 2018, beginning at 04:00 Syrian time (UTC+3), the United States, France, and the United Kingdom carried out a series of military strikes involving aircraft and ship-based missiles against

Trump said strikes on Syria are under way. Trump said that the "massacre" last weekend in Syria " was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime." And this is the first time that I've had to do so," May said.

President Trump was absolutely right when he stated last night, "We cannot purge the world of evil." It is not our job to do so. Yet, Edmund Burke's words of more than two centuries ago still hold: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

When our country was founded, it was done so not as the result of an accident of history but by individuals who believed in immutable and objective moral truths. If those truths still obtain today, they are intrinsically intertwined with our role and standing in the world, with the values we say we stand for and the question of whether our word means something.

To put all the pertinent events of the last nine years into perspective and summarize just what happened at 9 o'clock last night: President Trump made good on the "red line" Obama declared but then refused to act upon. At the same time, he reestablished the ground truth that there is no "global community" without American leadership.

Perhaps most important of all for the long-term safety of all Americans, President Trump showed those who wish to challenge and undermine us, who embody the antithesis of our civilizational values - be they in Beijing, Tehran, Pyongyang or Moscow - that he is not afraid to take action. This president is a man of his word and a man of action.

Last night was the clearest expression of Donald Trump's global geopolitical reset and the reassertion of who we are as a nation, that America will once more stand up to evil.

Sebastian Gorka, Ph.D., is a national security strategist with Fox Newsand former deputy assistant and strategist to President Trump. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War." You can follow him on Twitter @SebGorka.

Iraq carries out air strikes on Islamic State in Syria .
Iraq carried out air strikes on IS positions in Syria a week after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats.F-16 warplanes crossed into Syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

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