Both Russia and Iran have issued a joint statement saying, “We will respond to any aggression.” The command centers for these allied countries vowed to answer to further American military actions following the U.S. airstrikes in Syria last week. The statement read: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.” This grave warning came on the same day that a Russian politician threatened that North Koreans could strike at any time.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned “flagrant US aggression on Syria” after the U.S. lobbed 59 Tomahawk missiles onto the Syrian airfield where the Assad regime launched a chemical weapon attack on its own civilians. The Iranian leader, a key ally of Syria’s dictator, called for an impartial investigation into the chemical attack that killed at least 70 people. He warned that future American strikes risked escalating extremism in the region. Rouhani apparently told Assad in a phone call that: “Allegations that Syria launched the chemical attack were just a pretext to disrupt the Syrian peace process.” In a speech on Sunday, Rouhani criticized the Arab states allied with the U.S. for endorsing the missile strike. He said: “Unfortunately, there are countries in our own region which encourage America’s acts of aggression,” and added the warning: “Your turn will come too.”
However, the evidence that the Assad regime carried out the horrific chemical attack is just about overwhelming. Autopsies have confirmed the use of chemical agents in the bombing and witnesses have confirmed that the assault was carried out by Syrian aircraft. The international community has generally backed President Trump’s decision to retaliate with an air strike.
What do you think about the joint Russian/Iranian response? Do you believe that they actually will retaliate or is it just a bluff? How do you think America should respond in the future?