Troubled Waters: Naval ships line Syrian shores, US and Russian
Once again, President Obama is following in the footsteps of the trigger happy, former president George W Bush to accuse Syrian President Bashir Assad of using chemical weapons on his own people. For the past week reports had been coming in via BBC and CNN of chemical attacks against women and children by Syrian government. The first video featured children and women convulsing from internal bodily injuries in a hospital. The most recent horrific video shows children with peeling skin suffering from napalm like burns. In the same manner as Saddam Hussein and Iraq a decade ago, Syria has been warned of an impending strike by the American government. Despite the refusal of the general public to go along with the impending air strike and bombing of Syria by American navy ship stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean (possible patriot missiles placed in Turkey earlier this year by the US since Turkey is a member of NATO) and the British Parliament's decision to halt PM David Cameron from dragging the UK into a possible airstrike alongside the US, Obama has not ruled out a bombing response. Neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq have already witnessed car bombings and an influx of refugees and displaced persons arriving in their countries or living in refugee camps. An airstrike or bombing of Damascus would also place these countries in the cross hairs of American use of excessive force to punish and no doubt frighten Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people. It may boost the rebel forces' morale, but its consequences would last for years to come. The only ally that is siding with the US on its possible strike is France. France was former colonial master in Syria and helped to break up the Middle East or Levant region with Britain. Lebanon was formed out of Syria in 1920s. Russia and China have come to aid and spoken out against the possible air strike.
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