Last night President Trump announced strikes into Syria in response to Syrian use of chemical weapons. Less broadcast was that both the UK and France participated in the strikes. Even less broadcast was that we were in this situation not that long ago, with a “red line” set by President Obama that was subsequently crossed, with no subsequent action taken.
Having to stand up to aggressive regimes around the world sucks. I can’t imagine the frustration of any American that has to politically negotiate with Syria, North Korea or Iran. Given their normal antics and the occasional grand standing, I would be infuriated on a regular basis.
The reality is you get two options: you either choose to do something about it or walk away. You can either punish Syria for using chemical weapons, or you say chemical weapons aren’t a problem and stop caring about it. Sure, you can sit on the sidelines and complain, and that might make you feel better about yourself, but it’s not going to stop anything.
Assad and Putin aren’t afraid of complaints. They certainly aren’t afraid of offending anyone. They intend to remain in power, and both have a tight grip on power in their own countries. About the only thing they will respond to is military and economic pressure, both of which President Trump is using. His moves are a shot across the bow for other nations too, showing that he doesn’t intend to back down. You can be sure Iran and North Korea are taking notice.
If you care about the people in Syria, you’ll be praying for a quick end to the conflict, and hopefully the same guy that is charting a better course in Afghanistan and Iraq can solve it for us.