United States at UN makes case for military action against Syria

Saul Bowman
April 14, 2018

Following that incident, the USA launched a retaliatory cruise missile attack days later against a Syrian airbase from where it alleged the chemical weapons attack was launched.

The United States claimed on Friday (Apr 13) to have proof that the Syrian regime carried out a chemical massacre that has set western powers on a collision course with Russian Federation, as President Donald Trump readied his response.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blasted Russian Federation and Syria at an emergency Security Council meeting on Monday that discussed the recent chemical attack in Douma.

But the strike was limited and created to not draw America into the chaos of Syria's bloody civil war. "A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway". We tell them. We're sending something else.

Under a 2013 US-Russia deal that averted US-led strikes, Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons stockpile and sign the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) which bans the use of the toxic gases in warfare.

Haley made clear that the US administration was taking time to assess the full implications of military strikes on Syria after Russia warned that it could lead to a unsafe US-Russian war.

"Our intelligence tells us otherwise".

However, in an increasingly complex conflict involving many foreign players, "Western strikes also risk playing into a regional war that is centred on Iran", warned Julien Barnes-Dacey from the European Council on Foreign Relations in London. It has been unfulfilled because, again, Russian Federation has continually blocked the efforts.

Syrian-Americans anxious for their families overseas as President Trump announced Friday night that he had ordered airstrikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a coordinated attack with the United Kingdom and France.

Also Friday, Moscow alleged it had "proof that testifies to the direct participation of Britain" in staging the chemical attack in Douma. Trump promised a big response and has consulted with his national security team and foreign leaders for days about whether, and how hard, to strike Assad.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May was more cautious, but by the time the first precision cruise missile was launched, Trump had a mini-coalition.

As with any use of military force, planners need to think carefully about "the day after". "They are crimes of a monster instead".

Yet it seems some in the Trump Administration want to make absolutely sure before taking military action.and also want to develop a strategy for a number of scenarios, including a potential military response from Russian Federation.

Western powers weighed their options on Friday over possible strikes against Syria's regime as pressure built to avoid an escalation and Russian Federation stepped up its warnings against military action which it said could lead to "war".

"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith, D-Wash.

The western leaders apparently found this convincing enough reason to launch a punitive strike, but other observers are concerned that the crisis could escalate.

On Monday, Mr. Trump said a decision on how to respond to the attacks would come in "24 to 48" hours.

However, Maas remained cautious over the prospect of a military confrontation, warning that it could quickly lead to an "escalation spiral".

According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

And he stressed the need "the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control". A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S.in the lead, could send a message of global unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons.

And he set his own precedent just over a year ago when he ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base after sarin was sacked at civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhun. There were additional National Security Council meetings on Thursday and Friday.

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