Source: The International Forecaster, by James Corbett
As you know by now, President Trump ordered missile strikes on the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria Thursday night. Starting at 8:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, the US guided-missile destroyers USS Ross and USS Porter launched a total of 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. This being the age of the internet, you can watch the missiles being launched (at a cost of $1.41 million a pop) in a series of YouTube videos kindly supplied by the Pentagon.
For his part, the teleprompter-in-chief handled his ceremonial role perfectly, intoning all the usual poliltical blather that we have come to expect from the Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama/Trump puppets. To wit: “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike blah de blah de blah vital national security interest of the United States da dee doo dee dum no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons etc., etc., I call on all civilized nations to join us yadda yadda.” You get the gist. (But if you really must, you can watch the whole statement here.)
And, as a man is known by the company he keeps, look at the warmongers, neocons, terrorists and other loons who are lining up to sing Trump’s praises over this glorious action:
- John McCain is bloviating about the “important message” these strikes send to Assad and Russia.
- I-CIA-SIS and Al CIA-da are giving thanks to Trump (and taking advantage of the Syrian government’s disarray).
- The state of Israel (including, of course, Trump’s good buddy Netanyahu) are ‘offering wall-to-wall praise’ for the action.
- Government Sachs Australia (aka Malcolm Turnbull) “strongly supports” the beginning of WWIII in Syria.
- CFR swamp-king (and one of the few people Trump “really like[s] and respect[s]“) Richard Haass is over the moon at the prospect of a New World Order that Trump has afforded him.
- Heck, it was Hillary herself who was calling for this strike. (I guess #TrumpIsWithHer.)
Although the full aftermath of the strikes is still unknown as of press time, early reports from the Syrian national news service indicate that the strike killed 9 civilians, including 4 children. Russian sources, meanwhile, claim that only 23 of the 50 Tomahawk missiles actually reached their target, the Al Shayrat airfield, destroying a material storage depot, a training facility, a canteen, six MiG-23 aircraft in repair hangars and a radar station.
Syrian armed forces command are confirming that six military personnel were killed in the attack. The Al Ekhbariya TV channel broadcast a statement from the Syrian Armed Forces detailing the six deaths and an unspecified number of injuries. “The US aggression is a violation of all international norms and an attempt to weaken the combat capability of the Syrian army in the fight against terrorist groups,” the Syrian armed forces command said. “Our response to this attack will be the determination to crush terrorists on Syrian soil wherever they are.”
But whatever damage the individual missiles may have inflicted in Syria, they have the potential to inflict even greater damage in the arena of global geopolitics. In this regard’s, Russia’s response has been of particular interest.
In an official statement, Moscow has labeled the attack “an act of aggression against a UN member state,” calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Other reports quote a Kremlin spokesman who says that Putin believes the attack was done under a “trumped-up pretext.”
Most worryingly, Russia has suspended the flight data sharing agreement with the US that coordinates the two powers’ activity over Syrian airspace and prevents missiles or sorties being shot down by accident. This was the same communication hotline that the Pentagon used to notify Russia about the strike before it happened. The scrapping of the agreement can only be read as Russia’s signal that future attempts by the US to breach Syrian airspace will be treated as a hostile action and dealt with militarily.