On Early Friday morning is was reported that President Trump ordered a strike on a Syrian airfield that was believed to launch the deadly gas attack earlier in the week. The death toll from that gas attack has reached 86 people 27 of them, children. USA Today reports:
The attack, the first conventional assault on another country ordered by Trump, comes a day after he declared that the chemical weapons assault had “crossed
many, many lines,” including causing the deaths of 27 children.
From his resort in Palm Beach, Fla., Trump said Syrian President Bashar Assad “launched a horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent. Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered at this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.
“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the Untied States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” Trump said.
Years of previous attempts to change Assad’s behavior had failed, Trump said.
The 59 missiles, fired from the destroyers USS Porter and Ross in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, struck the airfield where Syria based the warplanes used in the chemical attack, according to Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. The missiles destroyed aircraft, hardened hangars, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radar at the Shayrat Airfield.
The chemicals used in the attack on April 4 were also stored at the base, Davis said. The missile strike was designed to deter Syria from mounting another chemical attack.
“Obviously, the regime will retain a certain capacity to commit mass murder beyond this particular airfield,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters in Palm Beach Thursday night. “I think what it does communicate is a big shift — a big shift in Assad’s calculus. It should, anyway.”
Hopefully, this will send a message to those in the world that wish to use chemical weapons and those that attack civilians, that their behavior will not be tolerated. It is also interesting that the President decided to do this as the Chinese Prime Minister arrives with all the problems going on in North Korea. We can only hope that as a result of this strike things calm down.
Source: USA Today