Only hours after a very questionable chemical weapons incident that may very well have been staged from the word ‘go,’ U.S. President Donald Trump stood before reporters and the nation and channeled his inner Barack Obama, feigning human emotion and sadness at the death of children in Syria.
Trump repeated thoroughly discredited claims while attempted to drum up support for military action against the Syrian government by pulling at the heartstrings of the typically hardened American public.
“Assad choked out the lives of innocent men, women and children” he said. “It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of god should ever suffer such horror.”
But more children of God suffered such horror only hours later when Trump himself ordered a barrage of Tomahawk missiles to strike the al- Sha’aryat airbase near Homs, Syria. While many of the missiles did strike their targets – a tragedy in its own right – others missed, tearing into the al-Sha’aryat countryside, killing approximately nine civilians, four of whom were children.
A US missile strike targeting an airbase in central Syria killed nine civilians, including four children, on Friday, state news agency SANA reported.
The news agency said five of the civilians, among them three children, were killed in the village of Shayrat just outside the base of the same name.
“An American missile also hit the village of Al-Hamrat, which killed four civilians including a child,” it added.
“Another seven civilians were wounded when a missile hit homes in Al-Manzul, four kilometres (two and a half miles) away from the Shayrat air base,” it added.
Of course, since these children were murdered by America’s missiles, we can only assume they were not “beautiful babies.” In fact, they must not have been children at all since no child of god should ever suffer such horror. They were, as they will be known, collateral damage; just numbers to Americans who have become the most bloodthirsty population on the face of the earth, second only to the population of Israel.
Nevertheless, since these children will likely never be acknowledged, the Trump administration and all the blood-drenched warhawks in the American Congress can claim they took a stand for human rights. Business as usual in the U.S. government.
Only days after showing signs that the United States was going to back away from the policy of destruction and destabilization of Syria, Trump has become the Baby Killer In Chief, taking over right where his predecessor left off. Indeed, one can only wonder the psychological state of a man who can order missile strikes on an army of valiant soldiers fighting terrorism where he knows that lives will be lost within minutes of his order, but who still goes straight to dinner as the missiles are raining down on his victims.
In closing, Trump would do well to pay heed to his own words:
Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.
We ask for god’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.
We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed.
So do we all.
But not all of us have blood on our hands.