President Trump, who authorized the attack of more than fifty Tomahawk missiles from Navy warships (with an air base close by) at about 3:45 am local time in Syria, clearly changed his strategy on Syria had changed after Tuesday’s chemical substance attack that killed many of civilians. Although Russia and Syrian state TV blasted the move as “aggression,” leaders throughout the world abundantly praised the attack and called it a measured and reasonable response to dictator Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemicals in the city of Idlib on last Tuesday.
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu responded that “In both word and action” President Trump “sent a solid and clear message that the utilization and spread of dangerous chemical weapons will never be tolerated.”
Then the Australian Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull quoted, “This is was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response.”
Many have called the strikes, “bold and decisive.” Clearly a new strategy from the previous presidential administration.
President Trump says that, “Military action is vital for our national security interest.”
Japan’s Minister Shinzo Abe indicated support for the U.S. strike last night stating that Japan understood and supports the strategy. Shinzo Abe added that the United States attacks were “a means to prevent further deterioration of the problem (with Syria).”
Turkey praised the airstrike, calling it an meaningful” and “important development, but urged the world to consider an even a tougher position on Assad.”
“We see the airstrikes as positive, but we think that this should be completed,” Deputy Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. “The Assad regime’s barbarism must immediately be halted.”
Naturally, the attack was criticized by the Syrian government, as well as Iran and Russia, which back Damascus in the grinding, seven-year civil war that has ravaged the country.
The Kremlin was quoted as saying that the airstrike was an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.” The Soviet Leader, Vladimir Putin, believes that the United States authorized the hits under a “far-fetched pretext.”
Russian deputy envoy to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronkov, said Russia warned the United States to “consider what military actions have led to in Iraq, Libya and other countries,” based on the Interfax news.
Iran condemned the airstrikes also. Iran International Ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, quoted “unilateral action is dangerous, destructive and violates principles of international legislation.”