Air strikes in Syria: is this really the beginning of a WW3?
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Right after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, the then president of the United States, George W. Bush, took one of the most reckless and thoughtless decisions ever. Instead of focusing on finding Bin Laden, who was suspected to be hidden in Pakistan, Bush decided to focus on invading two countries that had absolutely nothing to do with this attack: firstly Afghanistan, in 2001, and then Iraq in 2003.
Credit: Gage SkidmoreIt is hard to imagine what goes through the mind of one of the most powerful people in the world to make such a mistake - one that could so well have been avoided. “Why not start a war, right now, out of nowhere? I have no idea what I’m doing, but why not?” The consequences are, of course, still visible today. Now Donald Trump is being compared to him. Whether he made a mistake or not (and that is debatable) the consequences certainly aren’t. Last Friday, the US launched coordinated air strikes along with the UK and France, its allies, in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, a town near the Syrian capital Damascus, that killed at least 70. These countries blamed the regime of the Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and the production and usage of chemical weapons, even though the Syrian government denied being involved in this attack. Due to its extensive list of past records for using chemicals, this is unlikely to be true. In his speech Trump also mentioned Iran and Russia, turning to Putin in particular to blame his government for supporting the Assad regime and not keeping the promise made in 2013 of eliminating chemical weapons. “Hopefully, someday we’ll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran — but maybe not,” President Trump stated. It seems to me that maybe not. But this speech was surprisingly moving. It is the first time we have seen Trump dedicate such a long time to international news, and it showed what seemed to be a genuine, humanitarian concern. Unfortunately, what followed seemed to me the very beginning of a series of touching speeches - teamed with constant threats and more attacks. Here is Donald Trump's full speech from Friday:
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