Friday, 7 April 2017

Countdown to World War 3?

In the early hours of this morning (UK time) the US military on the instruction of Donald Trump launched dozens of tommahawk missiles from one of its navy destroyers at an airfield in Syria.The Trump administration stated the missile attack on Syria was in response to the recent events in Idlib province which saw dozens of people die in a attack where it appears chemical weapons were used. And while its not clear yet who was behind the alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib the Trump administration (along with it's puppet.... er i mean ally in Westminster) has already unilaterally decided it was the work of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad.

There are some very important things which need to be said here. First off the US actions have no basis in (but then when has the US ever worried about violating international law when it suits it?).Trump didn't even consult or seek the approval of the US congress, as US law compels a US president to do under the War Powers act. Secondly when looking for responsibility for the terrible events in Idlib its worth remembering investigations of a similarly awful attack involving chemical weapons in Syria in 2013 were inconclusive - it could have been the Syrian military or it could have been one of the multitude of 'rebel' groups using chemical weapons supplied by their backers in Saudi Arabia. Inspectors for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reported in January 2015 that it had destroyed all of Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons In contrast it's known that ISIS affiliates in Syria have stockpiles of chemical weapons, and they used these on occasions - most recently in Aleppo last September.

Even the UN has confirmed there were no Syrian military aircraft in the skies over Idlib at the time these events happened. While claims by so called 'rebel' groups of Syrian government involvement should be treated with some caution - some of the rebel groups fighting the Syrian government have links to ISIS and they have also been heavily infiltrated by jihadist groups like the al nusrah front and al qaeda. So the fact of the matter is without a proper investigation by UN investigators we still cant be certain who was behind the attack in Idlib. But it's an irony that the Syrian airbase destroyed in this morning's US missile strikes has been serving as a key airfield in the Syrian government's ongoing battle against the medieval homicides of ISIS.

Finally only a couple of weeks ago US airstrikes were responsible for the deaths of over 200 civilian in airstrikes in Mosul - a war crime which should also be investigated surely?

Throughout his presidential campaign Trump said if elected the US wouldn't be getting involved in conflicts in the middle east - this morning's actions clearly fly in the face of these campaign promises. But then such a turnabout is entirely in keeping with Trump and his history. Completely contradicting his previous statements is an inherent part of Trump's highly unstable character - that and the fact he's a compulsive liar of course.

Those misguided and ill informed folk cheering on Trump's illegal actions today might want to reflect on the fact this is a someone who has in the recent past repeatedly stated he couldn't see anything wrong with using nuclear weapons So as part of his suddenly created policy of removing the Syrian government will he now nuke Syria - and along with it the many Russian personnel there - with all the horrific consequences that would bring not just for the region but the rest of the world too? Certainly nothing can be ruled out with a pathological megalomaniac like Trump that's for sure. Hey maybe those religious minded people who were ridiculed during the US presidential campaign for warning that Trump is the anti Christ and that he will find a way to initiate a nuclear holocaust will be proved right after all?

Update : Russia has announced that as a consequence of Trump's actions it has withdrawn from the 2015 Memorandum of understanding it established with the US in 2015 The Memorandum includes general safety protocols for US and Russian aircrews to follow in the middle east to minimise the chances of the two nations accidentaly coming into conflict with each other, such as maintaining professional airmanship, as well as specific provisions to avoid collision and unwanted conflict such as the use of specific communication frequencies and the establishment of a communication line on the ground.

So the possibilities of direct conflict between Russian and US forces in Syria have now moved an ominous step nearer. While it has been pointed out to me that Donald Trump owns a building at 666 Fifth Avenue ....nuff said


  1. What I fail to understand is how it is seemingly acceptable to bomb civilians with so called conventional weapons but the Media and Politicians put on a faux outrage when it comes to chemical and gas attacks. The innocent still pay the price in death or injury .

  2. Yes Gyln the mainstream media's coverage of events in the region certainly leaves a lot to be desired on times. Take the recent incident in Idlib itself. The BBC,Sky anf most newspapers have been telling us all week it was carried out by the government of Bashar Assad, even though it cant be established at this stage who was responsible. And yes why havent similar levels of coverage and outrage been devoted to the US missile attacks in mosul which claimed over 200 civilian lives? (think we know the answer to that by the way)

  3. sorry that should be 'Glyn' - that's what comes of trying to post a comment without having my glasses on lol