The current administration has taken pains to emphasize that bombing Syria with 59 Cruise missiles today was a “proportionate response” to “the chemical attack.” The attack was apparently delivered through bombs and the victims were residents of a “rebel-held town,” Khan Sheikhoun. The attack killed at least 70 people, including children according to reports. No Americans have been reported to have been involved.
So, can you define what a Syrian “rebel” is? If there are Syrians fighting Syrians is this not a civil war? Why are we, the U.S., taking sides in a civil war? Were we attacked? No, the “rebels” were? Are any of the many protagonists capable of doing this as a “false flag?” Yes, I think all of the parties are. Hell, half of them could have done it by mistake. So, how are we so certain we are supporting the right people in this conflict?
When Mr. Obama became interested in the Syrian Civil War, the problem seemed to be that there were so many “rebel” factions, and that didn’t include ISIS which has territorial goals of its own, we didn’t know which of them to support. We were urged to “arm the rebels”? I asked “which ones?” And how were we going to ensure that those folks didn’t sell those arms to raise cash that they also needed? Apparently ISIS ended up with many of the arms we “provided” to whomever we provided them.
What are the interests of the U.S. here? Is it oil? (I don’t think so.) Is it World Peace? (A funny way to try to achieve world peace … making war.) Is it we have all of these arms and if we don’t use them, they will exceed their expiry dates? (Maybe.) The Pentagon seems to have been buying replacements for items they scrapped because they had no use for them, so maybe this is just part of the military-industrial complex’s procurement model. Sell weapons. Make sure they are used somewhere to “Protect American Interests.” Sell replacements for the munitions used.
Syria has been a Russian protectorate for quite some time, so I do not see what political or economic interests we could have there. I certainly haven’t heard any government official clearly explaining what those interests are.
And now we have the unthinkable just a few months ago … Trump’s War. Gosh, I wonder what use the Distracter in Chief would have for a war.