The US missile strike in Syria should alarm us all
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Yesterday, I began writing a piece warning against hasty overreactions to the chemical attack in Idlib, Syria. Today, I find that I need not bother completing it. I could say that I saw this coming. The debate over Syria has, since the attack, taken on a sinister and familiar tone. Questions, posed by everyone from the media commentariat to public audiences, have ceased to be equivocal; no longer is it ‘what should we do’; last night, on Question Time, the panellists were asked ‘what action should we take?’ Moreover, what action should we take against Assad? We have entered the territory of folly. ‘Something must be done. This is something, therefore this must be done.’ Too many minds are made up, and too soon. The United States has launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in al-Shayrat. This follows comments made by President Trump in recent days; he has said that the chemical attack had ‘changed’ his view of Assad and his regime.
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