The Syrian response has quite a range of reaction… from belligerent defiance to sarcastic cynicism to open praise of the strikes.
That’s not a ‘Western’ news source saying so. This is coming from Al-Jazeera.
Wow. Even Al-Jazeera is reporting some positive response to the strikes.
With so many conflicting motives, alliances, and objectives in Syria, it’s only natural that there would be very different reactions to the same story.
The latest missile strikes in Syria were no different.
Offical government sources, naturally put a brave face on it, and were openly hostile.
They showed their guy walking confidently across marble floors in an official building.
رئاسة الجمهورية العربية السورية pic.twitter.com/hhIZT6cOTe
— Syrian Presidency (@Presidency_Sy) April 14, 2018
That’s an easy ‘confidence’ to project, when that building was explicitly decared not to be an authorized target.
Had any of those buildings been an acknowledged target — say if Trump had taken the Obama administration’s approach to toppling governments — there might have been no marble floors to stroll across, even if he survived the attack.
But Trump is far more deliberate and intentional than the regime he’s replacing.
The opposition has a subtle ‘thanks-for-nothing’ tone.
Sure, we won’t be gassed anymore, but what about all the other ways he has of killing us?
I think the regime will not risk using chemical weapons in Syria again. It will only use explosive barrels, cluster bombs,
— د.نصر الحريري (@Nasr_Hariri) April 14, 2018
Hariri added in a separate tweet that the international community ought to take a comprehensive and lasting strategic approach to pave the way for a political solution that will put an end to the bloodshed.
That will have to be a conversation for another day.
It does, however, make you wonder why the UN has chosen Syria to Chair a ‘Disarmament Forum’ for Nuclear and Chemical weapons That’s your daily dose of WTF, right there.
It also makes us wonder — not for the first time — why we have any part of the UN whatsoever.
Some in the ‘Syrian Negotiations Commission’ are pushing for further military pressure to prevent other attacks, conventional and otherwise.
We appreciate the U.S., UK, & France response to the chemical attacks. What is needed is to sustain the campaign until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents & to deter all indiscriminate attacks, to protect civilians & push forward for political resolution
— Hadi Albahra (@hadialbahra) April 14, 2018
Others demanded an offensive strike at Assad’s military capabilities.
The targeting of Assad’s forces and their headquarters send strong messages to the regime’s protectors and partners, Russia and Iran, to stop shedding Syrian blood and try to dominate Syria. You’re not the only players in the region or the world.
And opposed to the opposition one might expect from those aligned with Assad/Russia/Iran, there has been some open praise of moral character of the attack itself.
Today, the United States of America, France, and the United Kingdom have stood on the right side of history. We thank you .
— Abdalaziz Alhamza (@3z0ooz) April 14, 2018
It will be a hot topic to be sure.
Where do you land on this issue? Have at it in the comments.
What makes America so different from other nations? Other nations are built around regimes or systems. But America was built from on ideas. From a blank slate.
Built on ideas that are DANGEROUS to tyrants.
That we have God-Given Rights, like Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Dangerous ideas. Like this one: the people, when threatened, have a God-Given right to stand up in defiance of any government that dares threaten any of those rights.
There’s a men’s version…
And a women’s version, too…
Because in America, the bros AND the ladies BOTH have a rich history of badass rowdiness.