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The United States tends to wrap itself around foreign conflicts that it has no business in due to our world policeman status. Striking Syria was a disastrous move by the Trump administration that will have severe consequences for the region if continued. Trump ran his campaign on a promise of America first policies for the American people and for the most part, he has given what his supporters wanted. Striking Syria however was never part of his platform which is why so much of his base is enraged with him right now.
Trump attacked Syria because of unsubstantial reports that claimed that it was possible that Assad used chemical weapons on the rebels. Although horrifying if true, none of these reports have actually confirmed whenever or not Assad actually did use chemical weapons. It’s been a well known fact that all sides of the Syrian civil war have had chemical weapons used on them but none of the attacks have been proven to be exercised by Assad.
If anything, this chemical weapons attack is most likely another false flag attack set up by the rebels in order to make western powers weaken Assad. This was attempted in 2013 when it was reported that Assad used nerve gas on his people which got the Obama administration considering intervention. It was later shown that the nerve gas attack wasn’t carried out by Assad but rather the rebels instead.
Trump’s choice to strike Syria for a second time is a drastic change in his platform that he ran on in 2016. Trump ran as a non-interventionist which appealed to many liberty minded republicans which is why they’re up in arms right now. Trump called out Bush for the Iraq war calling it “The single worst decision ever made.” In his debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump emphasized his non-interventionist stance by talking about the failures of previous US interventions like Libya.
After Gaddafi was killed, Libya soon fell to chaos which later saw a surge of refugees pouring into Europe and America. Gaddafi actually warned the west that if they removed him from power that jihadis would take over and that’s exactly what happened. Libya to this day is a terrorist filled destabilized mess of a region with no promising direction for the future.
The situation in Syria is no different than Libya was a decade ago. Here we have another strong man battling against terrorists looking to take over the region.
Another important thing to point out is that Assad is a secular leader. When Assad liberated Aleppo from ISIS after a 5 year long struggle for the city, Aleppo’s Christian population celebrated Christmas for the first time since the rebels took the city. Toppling Assad’s regime would see the Christian minority in Syria exterminated, ISIS has already made their religious intolerance very clear. ISIS has and will continue to exterminate non-muslims, removing Assad will take away the only protection these religious minority groups in Syria have from ISIS.
Getting involved in Syria is a bad decision for the United States. Assad is a strong man but he is a secular leader and the only thing in the way from the formation of another terrorist state like Libya has become. If we’re going to continue to bomb Syria, we will need to be ready to deal with the repercussions of our actions as we will have destabilized another democratically elected foreign dignitary. 89% of Syrians supported Assad for a reason, he’s not the man our media heads paint him to be.