April 10, 2017
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On April 7th at 3:45 a.m. Syrian time, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airport base from the USS Porter in the Mediterranean Sea. The attack was in response to Assad and his regime using chemical weapons on the town of Idlib earlier in the week that took the lives of 86 people. A few days ago, President Donald Trump said he had no intention to of intervening in the conflict, so this attack came as a shock to many. For the first time in a long time, America wasn’t afraid to take action overseas. Like everything lately with Trump, the attacks have received mixed reviews.
Surprisingly to many liberals, the reviews have actually been mostly positive. Russian and Syrian state televisions obviously called the bombings an “aggressive” move, but besides those comments, there has been nothing but praise for Trump’s actions. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that “[i]n both word and action” Trump “sent a strong and clear message” that “the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.” The prime ministers of Japan and Australia also said the attacks were swift and just.
Even though these attacks were just on Syria, they sent a powerful message to North Korea. North Korea has recently been testing more rockets and seems closer to being able to reach the US with them. Trump’s actions show that the U.S. isn’t messing around anymore and is willing to take military action on foreign soil. North Korea has yet to comment on the air strikes.
In 2013, President Barack Obama did nothing in a similar situation to what we are in now. Over 1400 people were killed chemical attacks and Obama refused to attack Syria. Crossing Obama’s red line meant nothing, but now, crossing Trump’s red line will lead to action.