Yet again, Washington makes use of its power and arrogance and challenges the world with an act of barbarism that could end up detonating a ticking time bomb
By Elson Concepción Pérez / Granma April 10, 2017
The montage regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army against terrorists who have occupied part of this Arab nation was prepared by the United States, along the same lines as that staged in March 2003 by then President George W. Bush to justify the bombing and occupation of Iraq.
Donald Trump has taken the first step in this direction, ordering 59 cruise missiles be fired at an air base in the province of Homs, killing nearly a dozen people, and representing a clear challenge to the international community, which in some cases even believed his campaign pledges that he would not involve himself in such wars.
When Bush, fourteen years ago, began bombing Iraq without consulting with the UN, he alleged that the Arab nation had weapons of mass destruction. Months later, he admitted that this was not true, that U.S. intelligence services had provided erroneous information. But the deed was already done and the result today is almost a million Iraqis dead thanks to these attacks.
The current situation follows similar lines. According to the Pentagon, two U.S. Navy destroyers launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on Syria.
Trump’s rhetoric could not be more similar to that of Bush: “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons,” he stated in Florida, where he was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
It would be worth asking the new occupant of the White House whether he is aware that Syria eliminated all its chemical weapons in 2014, under the supervision of the international institution in charge of the control of these devices.
It should also be noted that these U.S. bombardments occur at a moment of great tension in the area, with several other powers involved in one way or another. While Russia makes all kinds of political and military moves to eliminate terrorists of the so-called Islamic State and Al Nusra front – the latter of which is protected by the United States – and attempts to sit all factions involved in the Syrian conflict down at the negotiating table; the West, led by the United States, in its drive to remove Syrian President Bashar Al Asad from power, makes limited and calculated moves, with no serious commitment to peace in the region.
Russia condemned the U.S. strikes and urgently summoned a meeting of the UN Security Council given the seriousness of the situation.
Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that President Vladimir Putin views the attack as “an attempt to distract the world from civilian deaths caused by U.S. military intervention in Iraq.”
He added that the move had caused “significant damage” to U.S.-Russia relations.
Such is the current scenario, just a few days after the 59 U.S. missiles struck the Syrian military facility. A move which, however one seeks to justify it, represents yet another act of aggression against a sovereign country.
Yet again, Washington makes use of its power and arrogance and challenges the world with an act of barbarism that could end up detonating a ticking time bomb.
As missiles are launched and nearby Israel – the unconditional ally of the United States – enthusiastically applauds, Russia and Iran have warned the world of the true intention of destabilization of this Arab nation: the pretext that could be used to repeat in Syria the invasion and occupation to which Iraq was subjected in 2003.