By Randy Deabay
LONDON — Russia has warned of a “real war” with the US if they attempt to issue them with an ultimatum over their support for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Russia is speaking of sanctions upon Syria and Russia from the Western Allies. What has Donald J. Trump put America in the middle of? This is not a war of words, but a war of two very aggressive and self-proclaimed power-dealers stating there will be definitive consequences if lines are crossed. Is America ready for WWIII?
British foreign secretary Boris Johnson will on Monday call for Western powers to impose sanctions on Russia if it fails to cut ties with Assad following his chemical weapons attack on his own civilians. However, the Russian embassy in London
warned of a “real war” if the US and its allies impose any such ultimatum. Any such threat by the G7 nations “brings us to real war” they warned, before questioning the leadership of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Johnson. In a joint statement, Russian, Iranian and Assad-supporting forces said that the US attack on Syrian airbase last week had crossed a “red line” and warned that any further attacks would be responded to with force. At this crossroads, we see the Axis of Evil of Russia, Iran, and Syria making one threat in conjunction with one another. America is truly on the Brink of War!
Vladimir Putin came out with a very strong statement to the Western allies of “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines,” the statement said. “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.” Donald Trump has placed America in a situation of either stand up to brutal dictators or cowardly stand down and make America weaker once again in the eyes of the world. There is no winning of this tit for tat that Donald began.
The United States fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase on Friday from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched earlier in the week, escalating the U.S. role in Syria and drawing criticism from Assad’s allies including Russia and Iran. Can Americans depend that Donald not only had a contingency plan, but a long range and major war plans made prior to his attack, or was it on written on a Mir-A-Lago napkin prior to phoning a Cabinet friend?
In a show of strength, Russia played the red line crossing and retaliated. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, blamed Russian inaction for helping fuel the chemical weapons attack it had reacted to, saying Moscow had failed to carry out a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. He said the United States expected Russia to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Assad because “every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility.”
Rebels and residents in northwestern Idlib province said jets believed to be Russian conducted eight raids on Sunday in the town of Khan Sheikhoun where the chemical attack took place but no casualties were reported. Raids hit several other rebel-held towns including Saraqeb and Sarmin in the province, where the rebels and activists said incendiary bombs were dropped. The death toll from an air strike on Saturday on the rebel-held town of Urum al-Joz in Idlib province rose to 19 people, including six children, activists and residents said.
While Americans look on in shocking amazement, many Syrians opposed to Assad’s rule consider Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iranian-backed troops as occupiers seeking to drive out mainly Sunni Syrians from the areas they live in. They hold Iran and its allies responsible for the displacement of millions outside the country. They also see Russia as a foreign occupier whose relentless aerial bombardment of rebel-held areas has led to thousands of civilian casualties. Some accuse Moscow of applying a “scorched-earth policy” that targets hospitals, schools, and residential areas more than frontlines to break the resolve of the anti-Assad insurgency.
Today, America can and should be asking the current POTUS what is his next steps on this round robin of aggressive behavior, and why put American lives at risk when he spoke negatively of President Obama and President Bush for protecting American interests? “The Islamic Republic has shown that … it does not back off and its people and officials … do not retreat in the face of threats,” said Khamenei. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive U.S. actions against Syria were not permissible and violated international law, on Sunday.
Will the American populace stand behind the current POTUS and stand up to Russia, Iran, Syria and other allies of the rogue states at this juncture in history? Where was the Congressional oversight of this military action, and where were the politicians speaking out against this action as those same people spoke out against Obama and Bush in the previous two Presidencies?