In a bit of perplexing news, it has been confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has approved gas attacks in the province of Idlib. According to Fox News, this approval was given on Sunday.
Oddly enough, this comes only one week after U.S. President Donald Trump told Syria’s embattled leader not to “recklessly attack” the area. He also warned that a gas attack of any kind would be viewed as a “grave humanitarian mistake.”
Here is where many eyebrows raise, however. Why would Assad do the one thing that would not only put Russia (who supports Syria) in a terrible position on the world stage, but also cause the world to cry harder for his removal?
If this attack were to happen, it is estimated that upwards to 800,000 people could be displaced, which would, of course, cause a terrible migrant wave. It would also work to make those already hunkered down in the E.U. and elsewhere less likely to ever wish to return home.
For this reason, France has said that “western retaliation” would be taken if Assad were to allow this.
Just the same, The Wall Street Journal has reported that Syria’s leader allowed for the use of chlorine gas.
Most parts of Syria that rebelled against Assad have been reclaimed and both Iran and Russia, who are Syrian supporters, feel that reclaiming Idlib is one of the last achievements to be met.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to see the problems that could arise and has called for a cease-fire. He feels that a “bloodbath” will take place in the province if this doesn’t happen, too. However, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has demanded a “total annihilation of terrorists in Syria,” while Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke of “cleansing the Idlib region of terrorists.”
Considering that some nations consider Iran a state sponsor of terrorism, hearing them talk about wiping out terrorism is a lot like hearing CNN talk about “honest news,” to some people.
Already on Sunday, the Syrian government “bombed the village of Hobeit in Idlib province, killing an infant girl, and wounding several other civilians,” according to the Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group.
“We haven’t said that the U.S. would use the military in response to an offensive,” one senior administration official stated.
“We have political tools at our disposal, we have economic tools at our disposal. There are a number of different ways we could respond if Assad were to take that reckless, dangerous step.” this official added.
That said, Mr. Trump pledged to keep his cards close to his chest when matters of military intervention are at stake.
So far, the White House has kept America out of any skirmishes that don’t involve anyone but ISIS or similar groups (as he promised to do) for the most part, so perhaps flexing a little American muscle will prevent Assad from killing innocents, if he really did give such an approval.
With the way that the Deep State runs today, it could be argued that this is a pretty big “if.”
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2018