Friday, April 7, 2017

The United States launched a Military Strike on Syria with 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at 3.40 am local time

Democracy and Class Struggle says this is the handshake that Trump is delivering to Russia - it quickly turned into a fist - if Russia has not got the Trump message by now there is no hope for them. 

We have for several months pointed out the danger of Trump to Russia and have been attacked for doing so.

Syria proved the perfect place to send Russia a message.

The other calculation was the visit of Xi Jingping to Donald Trump - we said Trump would do something dramatic to embarrass China which supports Syria and he did exactly that - to show his bravado and macho image. 

China has got the message. Trump says in Florida concerning his discussions with Xi Jingping "We’ve had a long discussion already, and so far I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing"

Lastly there is the Chemical attack in Syria which requires urgent investigation - that was not even a consideration for Trump he could not wait to launch the missiles has he had a pretext.

The Reality of Trump has struck home - no room left for the Trump Illusion which we have ruthlessly and relentlessly exposed.

Trump's actions confirm all we have been saying at Democracy and Class Struggle

The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government target in response to their alleged chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.

On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were based, US officials said.

The Russian Defense Ministry says the US missile strike on a Syrian airfield wasn't very effective, with only 23 out of 59 Tomahawk missiles reaching their target. The locations of the remaining 36 missiles’ impact is now unknown, the ministry added.

The strike is the first direct military action the US has taken against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's six-year civil war and represents a substantial escalation of the US military campaign in the region, which could be interpreted by the Syrian government as an act of war.

At least four people were killed and seven wounded in the US airstrike on the Syrian regime base in Homs province, according to the province's governor Governor of Homs speaking to media, as well as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group citing sources inside the base.

"Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched," Trump said during short remarks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, where he ordered the strike just hours earlier. "It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."

He added: "There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically."

Trump's decision marked a dramatic shift in his position on whether the US should take military action against the Syrian President's regime -- which Trump opposed during his campaign for president.

The strike took place at 8:40 p.m. ET (3:40 a.m. local time), when there would be minimal activity at the base, and targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and "the things that make the airfield operate," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters.

The missiles were launched from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean.

"Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian Government's ability to deliver chemical weapons," the Pentagon said in a statement.

Briefing reporters late Thursday night, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the strike did not represent a "change in our policy or our posture in Syria," even though the Thursday night strike marked the first time the US had decided to take military action against the Syrian government.

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